Idea

The zis foundation in Salem, Germany, offers young people between 16 and 20 a unique opportunity: They can obtain a grant of 600 Euro for a study trip to a foreign country. The special conditions of a zis travel grant enable the participants to research a self-chosen topic away from the paths of mass tourism. They get a realistic impression of the daily life abroad and gain deep insights into a different society. They return with a better understanding of a formerly strange culture. At the same time, all zis participants learn about themselves and their own roots.

The zis grant is more than money. Intensive preparation and documentation before and after travelling ensures success, safety and commitment. Every participant has a personal adviser who helps organize the trip via e-mail. Most of these volunteers are former participants and have expertise in the topics or destinations they take care of. A jury evaluates the project reports so that qualified feedback is guaranteed.

The choice of destination and topic is generally free. Young people who are not German citizens and who are not residents of Germany are welcome to travel to Germany and apply for a zis Travel Grant.

About 50 zis grants are available every year. Applicants with a good plan, an appropriate level of self-awareness, and an attitude towards commitment stand a fair chance of obtaining one of our grants that will give them a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.