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World Heritage Exchange Program
870 Cutspring Rd, Stratford, CT 06614

World Heritage is a non-profit organization that offers international exchange programs to students between the agesMore of 15 and 18 years old. Students have their own pocket money, health and travel insurance, and are interested in learning about other cultures. This is a unique way for both the student, family and community to learn about other cultures. 

Programs are available in one year, one semester and three month durations. Summer programs are also available. A local area representative (LAR) can guide host families and exchange students through the application and selection process. The LARs also conduct orientations and meetings, and are available to host families and exchange student throughout the exchange experience.

To host an exchange student, you must be over 26 years of age and be able to provide the student with their own bedroom and meals. Hosts must also have an interest in taking these students into their families, while teaching them about American culture. All students have had more than three years of English instruction.

To be an exchange student, students must be between 15 and 18 years old at the time of departure and have a B average in school. Exchange students do not need to have foreign language instruction.

Scholarships are available.

Samantha Pitera is the local area representative for Connecticut and its surrounding areas. She can guide applicants through the application and selection processes. Ms. Pitera also conducts orientations and monthly meetings for hosts and exchange students. 

Exchange countries include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Gaza, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Krgyzstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Bank and Yemen.

Contact Samantha for more information: worldheritagect@yahoo.com or 203-916-3004.