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Youth Exchange Family Hosting – What will it cost me?

Ena from Croatia, Vanessa from Brazil and Sivan from Israel with Ann when they visited the Kelpies near Falkirk last year.

Youth Exchange visitors Ena from Croatia, Vanessa from Brazil and Sivan from Israel with Lion Ann McCormack when they visited the Kelpies near Falkirk in 2014

Youth Exchange hosting involves inviting a young person, 18 – 22 years to live with your family for a short period, usually ten days, prior to attending a Youth Centre. You are asked to provide a bed and meals as you would for your family. Just treat the students as members of your family for the duration of their stay.

Each participant in Youth Exchange pays an amount to cover internal travel to the host family and to the Centre. If you incur any costs such as picking your guest up from a rail station etc or taking the student to the Centre this can be reimbursed by the MD Youth Exchange Officer.

I find it easier to host at least two students or have another student living nearby so that they are company for each other and can go on visits together. It is not necessary for you to travel everywhere with your guest. They are young adults and do not need their hands held. They will pay their own costs for such visits. They all speak English.

Your own family doesn’t have to be still at home, we are both in our seventies and have been hosting for many years and still enjoy it. Hosting is a great experience. Why not try it?

To find out more please e-mail

Lion Jim McCormack (District Youth Exchange Officer)

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