Friday, 28 October 2011

The Little Red Farm cultural exchange has been launched!

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
This is just a selection but you can look here for inspiration or do something a bit different. There are no requirements but don't spend much money.

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.

Sign up for the 2012 cultural exchange here.


  1. Hey!! I eas waiting for this post! I want to take part!! i am Marina, from Spain!

  2. What a wonderful idea! My kids are grown, but we would have loved cultural exchanges when we were homeschooling. Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: Good luck with your cultural exchange! :)

  3. Hi! This is Lori from Montessori MOMents. I'd love to be included in your Cultural Exchange. We live in Texas. Let me know if you have room for us.

  4. Great idea. Would love to take part in it.

  5. Hi Lori,
    Please let me know your email address by emailing me at rachael(at)mjolkig(dot)com and I will send you details.

  6. Hi Anonymous, please email me your details and I will add you (address in previous comment)

  7. Hello!
    Can we join? this would be perfect to start collecting and learning things from other places!
    We are from Catalunya, in Spain.

  8. Hi Gizoeh,
    Please send me an email at the address shown at the bottom of the post.

  9. This is such a NEAT idea!! I will be joining next year when my kid are a little older, but LOVE this! Thanks for linking to TGIF!
    Beth =-)

  10. I have a little montessori preschool in Ireland and would love to take part in as I am just starting to make continent boxes

    1. Great! I sent you an email with more information - you can sign up here and find out more info here


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