It all depends on how mature and autonomous your child is. It is best when the student is open, curious and above all willing to go. 13 years old is the average age for an experience with a foreign family.
Swapasap members a community of people that have common values of respect, sharing and trust. Home Exchanges are based on the principle of trust. The people in your house will also have you over either at the same time or at a different date. It's in everyone's best interest that the exchange goes well.
Your asset's safety is a priority at Swapasap. With that in mind, we have put in place a member verification system. This system gathers all sorts of information regarding your potential counter-party and it attributes this information a value that goes from 0 to 5 stars. But beyond this number of stars, take the time to get to know your counter-party and their home. Internet and technology are at your service. Use it for all the extra trust you need.
Goes without saying, every declared incident will be treated.
If the difference is not huge and both children have reasons to get along, then sure. As they will be in touch beforehand through Swapasap's instant messaging tool, both students will have time to make sure they have things in common and that they will spend a good time together.
Yes, from the moment you can host another student, you can exchange. With Swapasap families introduce each other and choose each other, whatever the number of people in the family may be.
Usually, summer vacations are the ideal time of the year. Nontheless, these dates may not be the same from country to country. The guest student may go to school with his/her host brother/sister if the school agrees.
Hosting a child is a generous act. You welcome the child of others as you would want others to welcome yours. This requires of course a minimum of attention, but also keep in mind the child in your care has come to find a different family, lifestyle and language from those of their home country.
Participating in daily life, sharing meals, playing together, walking around the city, discovering the family and others are all included in the program.
And the host family, it is a great opportunity to do some local family tourism.
Proximity to a child of his age promotes cultural immersion and language learning.
Your child is welcomed as a guest, unique, unlike agency programs where children speaking the same language often find themselves doing the same activities, free time or even in one same home.
Discovering a country, city and activities with a group of locals is not at all the same experience.
The language exchange is more than a linguistic experience, it is also an experience of empowerment and openness to the world, it is an opportunity to build lasting relationships beyond the boundaries between family members.
Swapasap meets all the requirements of security and confidentiality prescribed by law.
The other members of the community will never have access to your information without your permission because it is you who decides when to share it.
Language exchanges are aimed at all children wishing to deepen their foreign language skills or to explore a different culture than their own. Language exchanges allow real linguistic and cultural immersion, and with Swapasap with counter-parts you choose with your child, there's a relationship of reciprocal hospitality between families, within reach of every budget.
Yes, and for no extra cost. You can do this by clicking on Welcome on the top menu and then My Account. Click on Students and then Add a student.
It can happen. If it does, don't hesitate launch a new search on Swapasap to find a new exchange solution for you. In order to limit the repercussions of a cancelation, you can also subscribe to a cancelation insurance with Swapasap's insurance partners. If you want to know more, click on Insurance and choose the offer that best suits you.
As you would want to discover a family, choose the most representative pictures and information as possible so that other members have a maximum transparency before contacting you. Indicate availability dates of your children as soon as you know them. Feel free to make your profile as realistic as possible, insert recent photos of your country, city, life setting: wether it is a city or country-side, house or apartment, the members of your family, age, hobbies and sports, do not forget to mention if you have pets. Feel free to add additional information in the free zones. You can specify, for example: languages the parents speak, potential allergies, special diets, customs, beliefs and traditions of the particular family, if you smoke or not, etc ...
Swapasap users do not have access to your details. You will share this information on your own initiative when organising the exchange of your child with the other family at the time that suits you best. In your conversation with the host family, simply click on Confirm exchange. Your complete profile will then be visible to that member alone, from the moment they too decide to share their information with you.
To find your family abroad and organise a language exchange, plan some time in advance to have the time to choose and communicate with your counter-part. If you wish to send your child during summer holidays, for example, as with any organization requiring rental reservations (tickets, train) the sooner the better, both for getting to know each other and of course for organizing.
Language. Country. What age? City or country-side? Does your child love surfing, tennis or chess? What would the ideal dates be?
The multi-criteria search engine offers an accurate selection to find the family that suits you best.
If you do not have results with your criteria, remove a few of them, that way you will broaden your field of possibilities.
Once you've created your profile, contact the family (or families) with whom you want to exchange. Just leave a first message by clicking on 'Contact this Host' indicating your wish to exchange and when. When you feel you trust this member, offer to exchange your contact information, to make a more formal communication. Simply click on Accept exchange. The safety of your child is a priority at Swapasap. To this end, we also set up a member verification system. This system includes information about your potential host family and helps you assess the level of confidence that you can bring to this family through a language exchange, through its integration in its professional and virtual local communities.
Contact by all means: email, skype, phone… to discover your exchange family. Encourage the children to talk, contact the parents about your child's habits, specify in an email about the important recommendations (allergies, medical treatment authorisation for field trips or activities).
If you do not speak the language of the other family, ask a close friend to help you, or use an online dictionary if you have important recommendations or guidelines to indicate in an email.
It is important that your child understands the opportunity that was given to him/her. Throughout their language exchange, their relational commitment is key in their linguistic progress - whether in the family, in the circle of the host brother/sister or in the local community. Being open to new habits and ways of doing things will make them mature and develop personally and professionally.
Just answer that the proposal does not match what you are looking for, or that the timing is not ideal for you. It is more constructive to give a negative answer than to not respond.
The person will then send the request to other members without wasting time.
When you agreed that your child feels ready, confirm your agreement. Examples of contracts that you can modify to your liking are available on Swapasap. Click on Contracts to view them.
Don't forget to mention specifically to the parents of the other family, before your child leaves, anything you consider relevant to the success of the exchange, such as (non-exhaustive list given as an indication):
Health problems and allergies
Permissions and prohibitions, pocket money
Special diet, if applicable
Arrival and phone number of the person expected to arrive
Mobile number of the child
Date and time of arrival, airport, terminal, flight number or train and train number.
Discuss the details with the other family prior to the exchange to get to know the most about their child, such as
Phone number of the child
Particular clothes to pack (windbreaker, raincoat, boots, bathing suit)
Sports clothes (racket, sneakers ...)
Whether they will share the room with your own child or have a guest room, you receive this child as if they were a family member.
Discovering your family, your friends, your life setting, sharing meals, going out, doing activities, everything is new and worthwhile for your young guest, especially if all these moments are offered with a good heart and in a good mood.
At any point in time you can click on Welcome on the top menu, then My account. Using the menu on the right, you can add and modify information, your photos and your availabilities regarding you Family, your Homes and your Children. You can also change your Settings, so that your Swapasap experience is the most adapted to your needs.
Use this tab to edit information concerning your family - number of people, smoker/non-smoker, pets, main address, pictures, favourite destinations, etc.
Use this tab to edit information concerning your homes - availability dates, size, insurance, emergency contacts, the area, main/vacation home, pictures, visible/hidden, etc.
Use this tab to edit information concerning your students - spoken/studied languages, description, hobbies, favourite destination, availability dates, emergency contacts, pictures, etc.
Use this tab to edit information concerning your Swapasap account - username, email address, password, notifications, etc..
Swapasap has selected partners to offer insurance products best suited to your needs and economically interesting. You can discover the different coverages available by clicking on Insurance.
Civil liability is a guarantee that provides support for material or immaterial damages caused to a third party that your child may unintentionally commit during his stay. Caution! If your child is already covered by such an insurance, make sure it is not limited to the national territory.
Check the website of the European Commission for the necessary travel documents www.europa.eu. If your child is traveling in Europe, only a national identity card or a valid passport is required.
Caution! If your child is traveling with a national identity card and is a minor, they should also carry a parental permission to leave the country, which is obtained locally in your city. If your child has a passport, parental permission is not required.
If your child goes outside of Europe, they will need a passport. Some countries may also require a visa. The website of the embassies of each country and the airline and rail companies give you that information. Visas are obtained from the Embassy of the country of destination. Some countries issue it immediately, but for safety reasons, count around a month to obtain a visa. If your child is going to the United States, they will need an ESTA authorisation (valid for 2 years), which is obtained through the website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
If your child goes alone and i under 16 years of age, check before taking the ticket from the companies if they can benefit from the UM (Unaccompanied Minors) status. For a small additional cost, they will be accompanied by the crew.
If your European child goes to Europe, their health insurance will work free of charge upon request within 2 weeks or the European Health Insurance Card, which facilitates access to care in public hospitals.
Assign your child a copy of their health record and blood group card, useful in case of hospitalisation or accident.
Tell the host family about all the necessary information about your child: possible health problems, allergies, current medications...
By clicking on Contracts you will see contract examples that the families can sign to agree on information about of the actions to take in case of an accident.
This will empower them and they will be better welcomed if the counter-part had been assigned automatically.
Tell them about the possible cultural differences, encourage them to communicate well with the host family, making sure of their motivation in answering questions, share your own language exchange experiences. Invite them to adapt well to the host family in the empowering and giving them confidence. Identify the objectives and expected results of such a trip: learning a new culture, gaining independence and maturity, using the language studied at school...
- Passport / ID
- Parental authorisation to leave the country (optional)
- Visa (optional)
- ESTA Authorisation (to destinations in the USA)
- Transportation tickets
- Small bilingual dictionary
- International Phone Card or phone (and charger) with an international plan
- Electric adapter
- Small Gift for the host family (optional)
* This checklist is provided for informational purposes. It is in nothing exhaustive and each member shall ensure before leaving that all the elements necessary for the proper course of the exchange have been added to the luggage of the passenger.
International dialling codes:
www.telecomsquare.co.jp / inbound / en / dialing_eng.pdf
European Health Insurance Card:
Copy of health records or immunisation
International emergency numbers: