Testimonials

Experience in intercultural exchange

We received and collected several experience reports over the last years. Here you can find a list of the reports that are currently available.

More reports that we received on the occasion of QueerExchange's tenth birthday can be found on on our Instagram under the hashtag #10JahreQueerTausch.

If you want more detailed reports that you can't find there, you can contact us and we'll see what we can do for your specific question.


sandra

Brazil 2000/01 | school program...

Eve

USA 2013/14 | school program,...

Luke

India 2017/18 | Voluntary Service...

Lynn

Ireland 2021/22 | school program...

David

China | School program TW:...

Jano

Germany 2013/14 | school program...

anonymous

USA 2022/23 | School...

joe

Argentina 2018/19 | school program...

Chiara

China 2018/19 | school program...

sending mother

of a boy 2012/13 |...

Matthew

Ecuador 2006/07 | school program...

Carro

Schweden 2015/16 | SchulprogrammHauptamtliche*r...

Ella

Denmark 2022/23| School program...

Ronja

Rainbow Scholar | Ireland 2022/23...

Gabriel

Staff at AFS Canada,...

Leo

USA 2018/19 | School...

Henry

France 2018/19 | school program...

Rico

Mexico 2011 | voluntary service,...

Maria

Germany 2013/14 | school program...

Emilia

Germany 2015/16 | school program...

Julia

Host sister in the school program (hosting)...

Diana & Babette

Homestay for Kwang (2014/15)...

Norbert & Thomas

Host family for Ethan 2013/14...

Daniel & Philip

multiple homestay | school program...

marcee

Germany | School program 2007/08...

Lizzie

France 2006/07 | School...

anonymous

Belgium (Flanders) 2018/19 |...

Anonymous

USA 2022/23 | school program...

Sophie

Brazil 2015/16 | school program...

Alvaro

Belgium (Flanders) 2018/19 | School...

anonymous

Russia | School program...

Yona

Japan 2016/17 | school program...

Call for Entries

For our work, we are always looking for reports from queer people who have done a longer school exchange or volunteer service or were host families. We would also like to use these reports as training material with your permission.

The following questions can serve as suggestions:

  • When and where were you abroad?
  • Did you already know that you are lesbian, gay, queer, bi-, pan- or asexual and/or trans, intersex or non-binary when you applied?
  • Was your sexual or gender identity an issue for you during your stay?
  • What was the best experience that is directly or indirectly related to being queer?
  • Were there similarities and differences in your experiences before, during and/or after the exchange?
  • Which topics were you dealing with before your exchange?
  • Are there things you wish you knew before the exchange?

Please mind the following when writing your report:

  • Don't reporduce colonial and racist narratives.
  • Avoid generalising and prejudiced statements.
  • Use trigger warnings when reporting about sensitive topics like queerphobic violence, sexual assault or suicide.

Of course, the reports can be anonymised on request. If you have any questions, just Get in touch with us.