Free Range Exchange

international homestays for self-directed teens

Are You Ready?

Are you a homeschooler, unschooler, or member of a free school / self-directed learning center?

Would you like to travel across the world to live with another family that believes in self-directed education?

Would you like to make new friends, experience a new culture, and learn a new language?

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and dive into a big, life-changing adventure?

Yes? Then you’re ready for a Free Range Exchange.

Do a Homestay in Europe

Beginning in Spring 2022, we will be organizing homestays for North American teenagers who want to stay with a family in Western Europe.

If you’re a U.S. or Canadian teen who’s interested in this possibility, click the button below to take our survey and get the ball rolling.

Become a Host

  • Does your family practice self-directed education?
  • Would your child(ren) like to have a new friend from a foreign country for 1-3 months?
  • Are you excited to share your language, lifestyle, culture, and community?
  • Do you have a spare room?
  • Do you speak at least a little English?

We are currently seeking European host families. If you’d like to be considered for this opportunity, please email with the following information:

  • Where you’ll be living in 2022
  • Number of children + their ages
  • How long you’d be interested in hosting (1, 2, 3 months?)
  • Anything else you’d like us to know

More details will be provided via email. Thank you for your interest!

Want to become a host, but you don’t live in Europe? Your day is coming! Join our mailing list to get notified.

Blake’s 2021 Europe Bike Trip

U.A. director Blake Boles will be biking through the following areas in Oct/Nov 2021. If your family lives in (or near) one of these places, please get in touch—hopefully we can meet!

Germany: Freiburg
Switzerland: Basel, Geneva
France: Lyon, Avignon, Montpellier
Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Malaga, Seville
Portugal: Lisbon, Porto

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