QueerExchange was founded in 2010 by volunteers and staff at AFS Germany . Since then, we're advocating for lesbian, gay, bi-, pan- and asexual, queer as well as trans, intersex and non-binary people in student exchanges and international volunteer services – at all non-profit exchange organizations.

Queer people are part of the German and international diversity of life and their identities and needs must be respected and taken into account. We're always available for questions, advice and assistance for program participants, host families, volunteers and staff at the office.

In addition, we raise awareness through workshops and training courses at internal and external events and offer multiplier training courses.


  • The testimonials are online!
    Finally, some time after the migration of our website, we had time for a major task: the review and integration of the experience reports.
  • Next Update of the Special Editions
    After we updated the German versions of Special Editions 1 to 5 for and about trans participants in spring, they are now also available in English. In addition, Extra Sheets 6 and 7 for and about rainbow host families have also been updated and translated.
  • In memory of Malte C.
    Excerpt from the statement by Queere Bildung e. V.: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with Malte, with the people who were close to him, who loved him and have lost a strong and courageous person. We mourn with you and wish each and every one of you a nurturing and caring environment during this difficult time.”
  • #TransMediaWatch
    Gemeinsam mit mehr als 155 anderen Organisationen unterstützen wir die #TransMedienWatch-Petition gegen trans*feindliche Berichterstattung und für einen respektvollen und sachlichen Umgang in den Medien. 🏳️‍⚧️
  • QueerExchange is Queergestreift
    Wir sind mega stolz darauf, Teil des wunderschönen Buches Queergestreift von Kathrin Köller und Irmela Schautz zu sein! Ganz ausführlich beschäftigen sich die beiden mit Menschen, Geschichten, Begriffen und Organisationen aus allen Teilen des LSBTQIA+-Spektrums und setzen sich mit gesellschaftlichen, gesundheitlichen und rechtlichen Fragen auseinander.
  • Update of our Special Editions
    We've updated our Special Editions for trans participants and their host families. There is a respective Special Edition for host families, trans participants in sending and trans participants in hosting. You can find them all here. The extra sheets for volunteers and full-time employees from AFS (and other organizations) are available in the download area of our intranet afser.de.