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.


Lukas

Indien 2017/18 | Freiwilligendienst...

Daniel & Philipp

mehrfache Gastfamilie | Schulprogramm...

Sofie

Brasilien 2015/16 | Schulprogramm...

Matthias

Ecuador 2006/07 | Schulprogramm...

Maria

Deutschland 2013/14 | Schulprogramm...

Joe

Argentinien 2018/19 | Schulprogramm...

Lizzie

France 2006/07 | School...

Marcee

Deutschland | Schulprogramm 2007/08...

Norbert & Thomas

Gastfamilie für Ethan 2013/14...

Álvaro

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

Diana & Babette

Gastfamilie für Kwang (2014/15)...

Anonymous

Belgium (Flanders) 2018/19 |...

Sandra

Brasilien 2000/01 | Schulprogramm...

Emilia

Deutschland 2015/16 | Schulprogramm...

Entsendemutter

eines Jungen 2012/13 |...

Chiara

China 2018/19 | Schulprogramm...

Yona

Japan 2016/17 | Schulprogramm...

Jano

Deutschland 2013/14 | Schulprogramm...

Léo

USA 2018/19 | School...

Gabriel

Staff at AFS Canada,...

Henry

Frankreich 2018/19 | Schulprogramm...

Rico

Mexico 2011 | Freiwilligendienst,...

Lynn

Irland 2021/22 | Schulprogramm...

Anonymous

Russia | School Program...

Ella

Denmark 2022/23| School Program...

David

China | Schulprogramm TW:...

Julia

Gastschwester im Schulprogramm (Hosting)...

Eva

USA 2013/14 | Schulprogramm,...

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.