The InterExchange Foundation supports people with a passion for improving the world while learning about and sharing culture. Established in 2007, the Foundation provides grants to young Americans who wish to participate in meaningful projects abroad and to share their experiences with local communities in the US with the mission to further international understanding and promote cultural awareness.
Uta Christianson, founder of the InterExchange Foundation, felt that exposure to living and working abroad should be part of everyone's personal education. Her mantra was "Go abroad now. Make a difference!"
The Christianson Grant is awarded to young Americans who have arranged their own service projects abroad. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.
The Community Impact Grant is awarded to U.S. citizens on an InterExchange Work Abroad program who devise or improve a community project that will positively impact their host community, contribute to improved cross cultural communication, demonstrate American values and respect and appreciation for local culture.
The Working Abroad Alumni Grant is awarded to U.S. citizens who have successfully completed one of InterExchange’s Work Abroad programs and want to share their experience with the local US community. Recipients schedule and conduct presentations about their abroad experience and encourage their community to consider exchange programs.
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