The US State Culture Swap is a free initiative set up to promote cultural awareness and education for children.
If you sign up for the US State Culture Swap you will be put in a group with 4/5 other families representing different US states. The objective of the swap is to share information with each family about the state in which you live (or that you will be representing). This is achieved by sending a package (usually addressed to the child or children) with bits and pieces that you have chosen to give a good overview of what it is like to live there.
How many packages will I send and receive?
Each group will be made up of 4 or 5 people so you will have to send up to 3 or 4 packages. You will receive the same number back.
Who can take part?
Anyone at all as long as you are prepared to send 4 packages to 4 other families. We have had families take part as well as teachers, grandparents and servicemen wanting to set up an exchange for their children back at home
What do I have to send?
Since these swaps began the packages are getting more and more creative so to see some really good examples look here. There are no requirements but don't spend too much money. Some of the best items are shells and seed pods, dried native plants and examples of local crafts. When you are assigned your group you can discuss with them if there is anything that you are particularly interested in knowing more about or receiving.
What about the cost?
The package contents don't have to cost much at all and can be made yourself rather than purchased but you must pay the shipping costs. You must only participate if you are prepared to send packages (as opposed to just a letter or postcard).
When will the swap start?
The swap starts as soon as there are enough people to make up a group (usually within 2-4 weeks).
Want to find out more?
Ask current participants about their experiences on our Facebook page
Take a look at some of the packages sent and received so far
Have a look at our guest book
See our complete list of FAQ's
Contact us if you have any questions
How do I sign up?
Visit our sign up page or complete the online form below
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