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.


Lizzie

France 2006/07 | School...

Rico

Mexico 2011 | voluntary service,...

Daniel & Philip

multiple homestay | school program...

anonymous

Russia | School program...

Alvaro

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

Leo

USA 2018/19 | School...

sandra

Brazil 2000/01 | school program...

Sophie

Brazil 2015/16 | school program...

Gabriel

Staff at AFS Canada,...

Norbert & Thomas

Host family for Ethan 2013/14...

anonymous

USA 2022/23 | School...

Henry

France 2018/19 | school program...

David

China | School program TW:...

Anonymous

USA 2022/23 | school program...

Chiara

China 2018/19 | school program...

joe

Argentina 2018/19 | school program...

Jano

Germany 2013/14 | school program...

Diana & Babette

Homestay for Kwang (2014/15)...

Ella

Denmark 2022/23| School program...

Emilia

Germany 2015/16 | school program...

anonymous

Belgium (Flanders) 2018/19 |...

Carro

Schweden 2015/16 | SchulprogrammHauptamtliche*r...

Ronja

Rainbow Scholar | Ireland 2022/23...

Lynn

Ireland 2021/22 | school program...

Matthew

Ecuador 2006/07 | school program...

sending mother

of a boy 2012/13 |...

Yona

Japan 2016/17 | school program...

Maria

Germany 2013/14 | school program...

marcee

Germany | School program 2007/08...

Julia

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

Luke

India 2017/18 | Voluntary Service...

Eve

USA 2013/14 | 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.