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Interior recreation room of Kontakt Club Grafenwoehr used for socialization and events , located on U . S . Army Garrison Bavaria ' s Tower Barracks . By Milena Felkl , Intern with USAG Bavaria Public Affairs GRAFENWOEHR , Germany – Arriving to a new military installation can take some time getting used to , especially overseas at U . S . Army Garrison Bavaria . To help combat the culture shock , KONTAKT Clubs in Rose and Tower Barracks work to bring people together from different backgrounds . For decades these clubs helped support German - American friendship , which is an important part of the community and beneficial for all . Both KONTAKT Clubs offer a variety of activities and social gatherings where community members can connect , exchange ideas and experiences . It is a great way to learn about the culture of Bavaria . “The intention of the club has always been to help support the German - American friendship and create a place for cultural exchange , ” says Wolfgang Glowania , international president of KONTAKT Club Vilseck . The cultural exchange offers Americans the opportunity to learn about Bavaria and its culture; furthermore , it also gives Germans a great way to learn about America’s melting pot , practice the English language with native speakers and make new friends . “It is wonderful to establish lifelong friendships and staying in touch for years , ” says Walter Brunner , international president of KONTAKT Club Grafenwoehr . “Even after some people have travelled back to the United States of America , we maintain the friendships . ” To diversify the program , different trips and events are offered seasonally . These range from day trips to local fests and attractions , hosting cooking classes , barbecues and more . Social gatherings are held on a regular basis , where people can meet and connect . Another way the KONTAKT Clubs help Americans better integrate into Bavaria is through volunteer work . To give back to the local community , the KONTAKT Clubs and its multinational members regularly donate to charity , provide pet food to local animal shelters , organize visits to nursing homes and support people in need – like the Soziale Stadt Grafenwoehr with the Buergerladen . If you are interested in joining or visiting the club , make sure to stop by at one of their events on Vilseck ( Rose Barracks , Bldg . 301 ) or Grafenwoehr ( Tower Barracks , Bldg . 108 ) . Additionally , community members can follow the Facebook pages , here: Tower Barracks: https://www . facebook . com/kontaktclub/ Rose Barracks: https://www . facebook . com/kontaktclubvilseck/ Editor’s Note: The KONTACT Clubs charge separate annual membership fees . For more information , or to find the best fit , please reach out to the clubs directly .
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