Resources: Foreign/Cultural Exchange
Perhaps the best way to find out
about cultural exchange programs for homeschoolers is to ask around. Post questions on homeschooling
boards, forums, and Yahoo groups. Get the word out to local homeschool groups. You might find
someone who knows just what you're looking for.... If you come across something amazing, please let
Here are a few resources we can
AFS offers year, semester and summer exchange programs
throughout the world, as well as community service exchange programs for those over 18.
Additionally, many other cultural exchange programs offer summer exchanges that don't revolve around
public schooling. This can be a great option for home/unschoolers!
are many programs that can guide you through applying to colleges in other countries. Simply Google
"college abroad" and start exploring!
Googling "cultural exchange program," rather than "exchange
student," brings up more promising opportunities for those not looking to attend public schools
Labo International is a cultural exchange program between the US/Canada/Australia and Japan.
Programs include summer exchanges that do not involve schooling, but instead are focused on cultural
immersion. Labo also offers working/intern exchanges and adult exchanges. Labo has worked with
homeschooling families in the past and is eager to do so again.
Private Exchanges through
It's possible to arrange an exchange through families
privately. And, because there are home/unschoolers all over the world, the possibilities are
endless! Just post your request to boards, forums, Yahoo groups, etc.
Opportunities on Organic Farms (WOOF)
WOOF works to "enable people to learn
first-hand about organic growing techniques, to enable town-dwellers to experience living and
helping on a farm, to help farmers make organic production a viable alternative, and to improve
communications within the organic movement." Countries range from China to Ghana to New
Zealand to Argentina, to France, and include many, many more.