About the Student Exchange Program

Each spring, a group of Memphis in May exchange students travels to Memphis in May's honored country for 10-12 days - enough time to give students a true taste of the country without interfering with their school year. All students stay with selected host families in the host country, attend classes at a host high school, visit famous monuments and landmarks, and experience a different culture first-hand. Prior to travel, preparation sessions are held with emphasis on orientation to the culture and country the students will visit, along with travel details and student responsibilities as Memphis in May ambassadors.

The program is offered at no charge to the students or accompanying chaperone. Selected students are encouraged to share their experiences and new knowledge of the honored country with local school and community groups after their return. The Memphis in May Student Exchange Program is open to any 11th or 12th grade student enrolled in a public, private, municipal, or authorized home school within Shelby County; the student must be enrolled from August to June of the current school year. Teachers, parents, guidance counselors, and administrators are encouraged to recommend high school juniors and seniors to apply for this unique opportunity each fall.

Applications are posted at the beginning of each school year. Contact Carley Kirby (ckirby [at] memphisinmay [dot] org), Program Assistant.

Local Host Families

Each year a small group of students from our honored country will come to Memphis in partnership with our Student Exchange Program. If you're interested in additional information or want to apply to host a group of students this year, an application to apply will be available soon.

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