International Youth Exchange

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in an IYE exchange?

Youth age 14-19 whose parent works for an airline company
Families who have done an exchange in the past may be able to recommend another non-airline family to the program. Contact IYE for more information.

Do I need to know a foreign language?

No. Many people participate in IYE exchanges that do not speak another language. It is very helpful to learn some basics words before you travel. Your host family will appreciate you having an interest in their culture and language.

When is the best time to apply for an exchange?

Early! We begin receiving applications for summer exchanges in November. The earlier you apply, the better your chance to find an exchange match.
Being matched early in the year allows for more time to communicate with your match family and get to know them.

How will IYE use my information?

IYE will only use the information from your application to find your family a match.
Some of the information is displayed on your profile that other people can view. You will also be able to view limited information about other families who you may be interested in doing an exchange with. Your contact information is not given out until we find a family that you would like to be matched with. IYE respects your privacy and will never sell your personal information to a third party.

Will I be able to contact other airline families through the IYE website?

No. The login section of the website is for viewing information about other families who also wish to do an exchange. Communication with these families will begin once IYE gives you their contact information. This will happen after both families express interest in exchanging with the other.

Is IYE able to find a match for everyone who applies?

The IYE staff tries to find a great match for every family who wishes to do an exchange. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to the age, gender and country of origin of the other people who apply.
Applying early in the year greatly increases your chances of being matched!


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International Youth Exchange
P.O. Box 211065
St. Paul, MN 55121-2465 USA
[email protected]