Applicants for exchange can either exchange accommodations directly or work with their exchange partner to arrange alternative accommodations. An alternative to a direct exchange can be any arrangement that satisfies the accommodation requirements of the exchanging parties.
Here are some basic tips and guidelines for exchanging accommodations.
- Provide your exchange partner with at least the basics: fridge, stove, washer dryer, TV, VCR, furnishing and linen
- Ensure that the house is stocked with a sufficient amount of food upon commencement and completion of the exchange
- Put any expensive or treasured articles that you are concerned about in storage, or box them in the basement for the duration of the exchange.
- Appoint a friend or relative to assist the exchange partner during the exchange and deal with any problems in the owner's absence
- Usually persons exchanging accommodations cover their rent, or mortgage and taxes
- Utilities are paid by the occupant during the exchange
Note: This program is not about exchanging accommodations, it is about the opportunity to work and live in a different environment. Although every effort is made to match accommodations as close as possible, there is no guarantee that the accommodations will be equal. Applicants who choose to exchange their accommodations should be sure to satisfy themselves prior to agreeing to exchanging accommodations that the living accommodations are suitable for the period of the exchange. Every effort should be made between exchange partners (For example: photos, videos and lengthy telephone conversations) to ensure they are satisfied with the living arrangements and surrounding environment prior to embarking on the exchange.
If you choose to arrange alternate accommodations, you and your exchange partner can work out any arrangement that is suitable to both parties. Ensure that you are fully satisfied with the arrangements and are clear on all details before confirming the exchange.