Help for Exchangers
Handy Hints for Cultural Exchangers and things to consider before you start your Cultural Exchange adventure:
Initial Contact and Communication
Always book ahead. It is important to make arrangements in advance as your host may need to organize food, beds, work, tools etc. At your initial contact it is important to discuss details of the stay such as duration and what chores there are. You and your host should discuss what expectations you both have from the exchange. Also say if you are vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements. If you set a date to visit a host and then find you cannot make it, please phone the host to let them know. If you fail to turn up, there will be concerns for your welfare!
Please expect to do fair help for a fair keep. Generally 4-6 hours per day. Remember it is usually intended that you live together with the family. Your host will appreciate help with clearing up after meals and cooking.
On many farms water supplies are limited. Please use water wisely, do not waste it, and never assume there is plenty of it.
What you need
Always take a sleeping bag, wash bag, warm clothing. Take your personal items such as medicines, special snacks or drinks you want to eat or drink.
Yes we have to mention it, Money
As a Cultural Exchanger you are an independent traveler, responsible for all travel arrangements and expenses. Below are a few things you will need to budget for:
- All travel expenses including, travel to Cultural Exchange country and travel to/from and between host farms
- Accommodation en route
- Mobile phone/internet access
- Day trips/treats
Some hosts have limited internet access and it can be expensive. Do not assume you have a right to unlimited internet access. This may result in a large bill for your host, which is not much fun for the host and not the best way to end your stay. Please check first.
Most importantly enjoy your Cultural Exchange adventure, be open and flexible, with a genuine desire to learn and help people. One Cultural Exchanger has summed it up perfectly:
“The thing I enjoy about Cultural Exchange is that I feel like I’m contributing and leaving something positive”.