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“His excitement made otherwise ordinary things seem really fun and increased my own appreciation for my local comforts."”Nancy Hosted a Youth Leadership Program participant
“I have grown more than I could have ever imagined, and have learned things that couldn't have been taught in a classroom.”Jeffrey B. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Germany
“It meant a lot to be able to do something so simple that actually changes a person’s life.”Claire Future Leaders Exchange Program Host in New Jersey
“My husband and I are empty nesters so it was really different to bring someone new and young into the house.”Betty Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Host from Kentucky
Learn how to prepare your family member so he or she can have a safe, rewarding experience in the U.S.
Make sure to start learning about your destination country before you begin your program. By planning ahead, you can prevent problems later.
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The U.S. Department of State offers many programs for American citizens wishing to go abroad for cultural, educational, or professional exchange. This website provides the information you need to get started.