Our three children Greta, Oliver and Lulu each did a two-way exchange to France via AFX between their year 11 and 12. Although they spent their time in different parts of France, one thing was consistent – the matching of the students and families. Three out of three, the happiness and friendship resulting from how well-matched the French children were to our three (very different!) kids was amazing, and obviously the result of a very careful and human approach. Of course, our kids loved being in France, building their language and cultural knowledge – but more than that they had the sort of affirming life experiences that can only take place in a ’safe’ environment – provided in each case by the families and exchange student with whom they were matched. I have only one piece of advice for AFX – don’t change a thing!

Louisa’s father – Lauriston Girls School

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