Blueprint for success

A Step by Step guide on the process of an exchange

STEP 1:  THE RIGHT PEOPLE!

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STUDENTS

Students that are motivated, curious, and have a passion for adventure make the best exchange students

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FAMILIES

Families who are invested in the program and want to share their life and experiences  with an exchange student become excellent EFI families

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SCHOOLS

Schools that welcome international students and embrace learning and expanded educational opportunities are a perfect fit for EFI exchanges.

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STEP 2:  THE PROCESS 

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APPLICATIONS/

INTERVIEW

All students participate in a formal application process providing information about themselves, their families, educational experience, and personal activities. Getting to know our applicants is a vital step in this process.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Background checks, references, and personal recommendations are required to ensure that all applicants are a good fit for our organization and can provide a safe and nurturing home.

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FAMILY MEETING

Family Meetings allow you to get to know our programs and our directors. It is a great way to understand what is expected from participants and ask questions of experienced 

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STEP 3:  THE PREPERATION

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MATCHING

EFI reviews all applications and matches families from two different countries with shared interests, values, and goals.

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TRAINING

Students and families must complete all of the mandatory training and webinars to ensure everyone is prepared and ready for their global adventure.

DOCUMENTION

EFI assists with all travel documentation, school registration, and/or student visas, making sure they are in compliance with country specific regulations. 

STEP 4:  THE EXPERIENCE 

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TRAVEL ABROAD

Students are asked to expand their horizons and adapt to their new surroundings. Being open to new experiences and cultures is a skill and the key to a successful student exchange!

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HOSTING

Hosting provides an opportunity for everyone to be involved in the exchange experience. From teachers and students to host families and communities, hosting is a way of sharing your country and culture while making great memories.

SUPPORT

EFI families are given unlimited support throughout the entire process. Each family is assigned a personal Director who will check in with the child and host family for the duration of the exchange.  

Ready for your adventure? Check out our "upcoming events" page and  join us.