Learning a new language is an important aim of the ALLEF experience, but our first concern is that the children taking part want to do the exchange and will be happy away from home. An exchange lasts 12 months in total – 6 months with your child away and 6 months with a foreign child in your home. It does not suit every child nor every parent, so we recommend you talk about it as a family in detail including all siblings, not just the child undertaking the exchange. ALLEF strongly recommends that you meet other families that have undertaken exchanges in the past and of course meet the family that your child will be exchanging with. At any stage in the process you, or your child, can opt not to proceed.