Supporting young people willing to challenge themselves
zis Foundation for Travel Grants
You need to be between 16 and 20 years. It doesn't matter whether you're at school, at university or whether you serve an apprenticeship.
If you are not from Germany and live outside Germany, your zis-journey needs to take you to a German-speaking country like Austria, Switzerland or Germany.
Travelling unaccompanied gives you the chance to especially open yourself for the journey and the people you meet. Furthermore it makes you more flexible and, last but not least ,it also confronts you with your own personality. You will learn a lot about yourself and you will understand the difference between loneliness and being alone.
Money is scarce on a zis-journey as the grant is supposed to cover everything, including the journey itself. This is part of the zis-concept: it challenges the travellers to improvise, make compromises and act responsibly. Often it is also the reason for approaching residents and making new contacts.
One of the reasons why you need to hand in a diary is that zis wants the journey to be comprehensible. But the diary and also the report are much more important for another reason. Seeing a lot is one thing. Thinking about it, understanding it, is another. For zis it is important that you finish your experience not without reflection. To ensure a thorough study of your adventures we set a minimum of 20 written pages for the report. Don't hesitate to be creative while putting your papers together, it will make your work more worthwhile for you and for zis.