If tomorrow’s leaders became friends today, the world would be a more peaceful and prosperous place
Participating in an exchange not only helps students grow by exposing them to different cultures, beliefs and ways of life, but also allows them to build international friendships that will last longer than the knowledge they learn in school.
Most challenges we face today are human problems caused by a lack of mutual trust and understanding. Building stronger friendships across cultures will make it infinitely easier to solve existing conflicts and avoid new ones.
While friendships in the public sector facilitate stronger diplomacy and promote peace, friendships in the private sector create new economic opportunities and growth driven by collaboration over competition.
A trusted third party that's so much more than a travel agency
A partnership between two schools is the foundation of any successful exchange, but not much happens without a third party. For student trips, this is usually a travel company that takes on the logistics and liability away from the schools. Alpha Exchange is so much more than that.
We're educators first and tour operator second, meaning we lead every aspect of an exchange from end to end, facilitating school partnerships, program design, trip planning, student recruitment, coordination, logistics and chaperoning both ways.
We're led by a cross-cultural, fully bilingual team with a deep understanding of the complexities of US-China cultural exchange. While many American schools have successful exchange programs in Europe, building a sustainable partnership in China is much more complicated, and requires a deep understanding of the evolving political, cultural and educational landscape on the ground.
We've connected over 1,000 Chinese and American students (and twice as many parents) on 64 exchange trips since 2015. The depth and breadth of this experience has given us unrivaled expertise in how to facilitate successful US-China exchange and allowed us to develop standard operating procedures across a broad range of schools and programs.
Schools are moving away from cookie-cutter study tours in favor of programs customized to their needs with measurable learning outcomes for students, but that doesn't mean they can't be fun! Our programs facilitate meaningful homestay and school exchange experiences while ensuring students see the best of the countries we visit.
Our ALPEX-IMS software removes administrative roadblocks by automating the most time-consuming parts of coordinating an exchange, from student pairing and host scheduling to overall program management.
We know that cost is a concern for schools in ensuring equal access to travel opportunities, and because we operate both parts of the exchange, we can afford to charge much less than other travel companies for each trip while making it cheaper still for American students by subsidizing them for hosting.
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