What are American families living in Germany passionate about and what do they want to experience? What do they need in order to thrive during their time here? How can the villages help them settle in and make it their home away from home?
These and more questions are asked in an online survey which will run from now until April 25, conducted by the State Program “Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz! Our Neighbors from the USA” and officially endorsed by Air Force & Army leadership in the KMC. The goal is to identify the needs and demands of American service members and their families currently stationed at U.S. installations in Rheinland-Pfalz such as Ramstein, Kaiserslautern, Baumholder and Spangdahlem.
Based on the collected data, the State Program and the participating villages will adjust their resources and measures, catered to the expressed needs of Americans living here. Taking the leap over the pond and adapting to the new living environment in Germany is a huge enterprise by itself. A new culture, different customs, regulations and a foreign language are just the tip of the PCS iceberg. Adapting to these circumstances takes some time and effort and the State Program wants to lend a helping hand in this process.
The first survey of this kind was conducted in 2014-15 and gathered much helpful feedback from American households which led to the creation of many German-American activities afterward and to the start of the State Program itself. The primary goal is to enhance opportunities for American families to join in the life and activities of their German community.
Have a say in the future development of these efforts. Help improve your village, give input on what Americans need in the region and voice your opinion! The survey is quick — max. 10 minutes — and can be easily taken online. Fill it out via the “Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz!” website: www.welcome-to-rlp.org/survey.