Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange

The first youth exchange between Peoria and Friedrichshafen took place in 1978. Ours is the longest continuous running youth exchange between sister cities anywhere in the United States!

Each year, approximately 20 teenagers (16 to 19 years of age) from one city visit the other for three weeks in the summer. The following year, the roles are reversed.

The guests participate in the daily life of their host families and join in local events in the community. Group events bring everyone together and create long-lasting friendships among all participants!

This program is a chance to visit a foreign country, not as a tourist, but as a member of a family and community. The exchanges are personal, and the experiences create life-enriching relationships.

 

Need more information? Complete our simple form and someone will be in touch soon!
 

To be considered for an exchange, fill out an application today and send it with your deposit (travel years only) to: 

FOF Youth Exchange

2107 W Winnebago

Peoria, IL 61614

You can also contact us via e-mail at: youthexchange@peoriasistercity.org

Current Exchange

In the summer of 2018, students from Peoria to Friedrichshafen, Germany for three weeks in July/August. The host families and students from Germany welcomed the Peoria Area students with open arms and every one had a life-changing experience. One with rich culture, great adventure, and long-lasting memories.
We are now looking for students who would like to host youth from our sister city, Friedrichshafen. The journey begins in the middle of July, summer of 2019. For more information, read our Q&A or contact us via email at youthexchange@peoriasistercity.org. If you are interested, please fill out an application.

Exchange Student Spotlight!

Martha - Age 16, Friedrichshafen

"During these three weeks in Peoria, I was not only able to improve my English skills, but I learned a lot about the American lifestyle, which is more different than I had thought. The trip was really exciting, but like everything you enjoy, too short for me!"

James - Age 19, Peoria

"The trip to Germany was an amazing adventure and I cannot wait until I have another opportunity to go. This program helped me see parts of the world I never thought could be real. It gave me the confidence to go places, without family, I had never been before. After the experience, I miss the friends and family I now have in Germany."

Gerald - Age 17, Oberteuringen

"When I was in Peoria last year, I stayed with (my host 'brother') and this year he came back to me. I was really happy that he could come so that we meet one more time. I think we had a great time and a lot of fun and I hope this will not be the last time we see each other."