I am really excited to be hosting a cultural exchange project!
If you don't know what a cultural exchange is here are the answers to some frequently asked questions...
What is the objective of the exchange?
The objective is to share information with a group of other families about the country in which you live (or that you will be representing) and in return learn something about their countries. This is achieved by sending a package to the family (usually addressed to the child or children) with bits and pieces that you have chosen to give a good overview of what it is like to live there.
How many packages will I send and receive?
Each group will be made up of 6 people so you will have to send 5 packages. You will receive 5 packages back.
What countries will be represented?
At the moment I have participants representing 14 different countries but please don't expect to receive packages from every continent as there are many more people in the US and Europe participating than the rest of the world. However, I will try to balance the teams and limit the number of participants from the US so that there are only a maximum of 2 in each group. If you are representing the US you should focus on sharing information about the state in which you live.
What do I have to send?
Anything you like but here are some examples of what might be sent:
- a letter explaining what it is like to live in your country including information about local customs, geography and weather etc
- a picture from the child sending the package
- a traditional local recipe
- a postcard
- pictures of the country / town / famous landmarks etc
- information about traditional crafts
- the national flag or symbol
What about the cost?
The package contents don't have to cost much at all and can be made yourself rather than purchased. In fact some of the best items I have seen have been homemade such as a drawing of your house or area from the child sending the package or a traditional recipe. However, shipping costs can be high so you must consider this when deciding what to send.
How do I take part?
Leave a comment with your email address (which I will not publish) and I will send you the information necessary to start.
When will the exchange start?
The exchange will start next week once everyone has supplied the information required. At that time you will be sent an email with the names and addresses of the others in your group so that you can start preparing.