Our goal is to promote a sense of tolerance and intercultural understanding among young people in particular, to arouse their interest in foreign cultures and ways of life and – last but not least – to draw their attention to Asia’s growing significance as an economically important trading partner. In a time that is shaped by the resurgence of nationalist efforts and populist propaganda, we are relying more than ever on dialogue between cultures.

For this reason, the East Asian Association is supporting young people and students from Bremen and Bremerhaven who are interested in Asia and the Pacific region. In the context of the project “Bremen – Bridge to Asia,” we have been collaborating with the State Institute for Schools (LIS) since 1996 to award two grants every year to young people aged between 15 and 17 to allow them to spend four weeks in an Asian country. They are given the unique opportunity to live with a local family to get to know the culture, land and people and to have unique experiences that will benefit them all their lives. The East Asian Association will bear the costs of the stay, the journey there and back and some pocket money.

Our partner, the State Institute for Schools of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, is an institution set up by the Senator for Children and Education. The LIS has the task of providing teachers with support in the form of further training, giving them advice and training student teachers and also offers special advisory services for schools. The institute works closely with non-school institutions and partners.


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Am Weidedamm 20
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You are a team of two from a school in Bremen or Bremerhaven and are applying together with...

  • both of your CVs
  • a cover letter that you have written together,

in which you explain your interest in the grant to go to the Philippines. We are looking forward to your application, in which you should express why you are particularly qualified for this grant, present your personal strengths and preferences and describe your particular skills and hobbies.


The short list of teams of applicants will be invited to an interview. The winning team will be selected.


In consultation with the East Asian Association and the State Institute for Schools, the team will apply itself to a particular topic relating to the Philippines. You will do research, conduct detailed and informative interviews, take photos, etc.


At an evening event at the East Asian Association, the team will give a report about the topic they selected, the interviews their conducted and the experiences that you had in the Philippines and with the grant provided by the East Asian Association.


Over the years, the fantastic opportunity to get to know Asia and its people has already taken more than 40 young people from Bremen to China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal.