Adolesco exchanges are a special kind of opportunity where you and your exchange partner both get the opportunity to host and to travel. We carefully match you with an exchange partner in your preferred country (although the more open you are to possible destinations, the more likely you are to be matched). You and your exchange partner each take a turn to live with the others’ family for up to three months. The timing and duration of your travel are up to you – we only ask that you be open to hosting for longer or shorter than you travel if it works out that way.
Adventurous and friendly children and teens ages 9 to 17 and their welcoming families are encouraged to apply. Adolesco exchanges are currently offered in France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, and Canada. You must live in a listed country to participate.
Adolesco exchanges are only offered between countries with different languages. English speakers in the USA, Canada, and the UK and Ireland may choose to travel to France, Germany, or Spain. Adolesco does not offer exchanges between countries with the same language: for example, the USA and the UK, or Ireland and Canada.
Adolesco accepts applications year-round for two matching cycles in the spring and fall (typically April and October). Contact your Adolesco representative for specific information about upcoming deadlines. Please note: the entire application process can take 4 to 8 weeks, and your application must be complete in order for you to be considered for a match in a given cycle.
When you have decided to apply and would like Adolesco to find an exchange match for you, the non-refundable Application Fee is $100 (USD)/$130 (CAD).
When we have found a match and you are ready to begin your exchange, the Exchange Fee paid to Adolesco is $1,600 (USD)/$1,770 (CAD). The Exchange Fee can be paid in two installments: a $600 (USD)/$770 (CAD) deposit when the match is accepted, and the $1,000 (USD or CAD) balance two weeks before your child travels. If for some reason an exchange is cancelled before either child travels, the deposit is refunded.
Airfare and other travel costs are the family’s responsibility. Exchange children must also have a traveler’s insurance policy, primarily medical, which can usually be purchased for under $100.
For siblings of exchange alumni as well as for candidates applying for second (or third!) exchanges, the exchange fee is discounted 10%. Contact your Adolesco representative for payment details.
The first step is to contact your local representative. They will be your guide throughout the application process and your exchange, from beginning to end. Send us an email or submit the Pre-Application and we’ll be in touch with the next steps: