Reciprocal Exchange between France and the United States
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) exchange program involving the children and grandchildren of SAR members in France and the United States was first implemented in 2008-2009 and has been a resounding success. The exchange includes young ladies and young gentlemen between the ages of 12 to 20 years old. This has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for young people from both countries to experience a different culture, develop new relationships and share our mutual heritage of freedom. During the summer of 2010 we had six youth participate in this program. The United States youth were from Santa Ana, CA, Concord, NC and Jacksonville, FL. The three youth from France were all from Paris.
The exchange program is on a reciprocal basis. The youth that participate in this program are paired based upon common interests and age. The time period for those participating from the United States could occur during the summer months of June and July, when most schools are on vacation. In France, the time period for the exchange could occur from the end of June to the beginning of September, when their schools are on vacation. Thus, upon agreement between the paired families, the youth of the United States and France will be visiting during the time periods mutually convenient. It is recommended that the duration of the visit to both countries be approximately two to three weeks. However, these time periods and duration of visits can be changed based upon individual preferences.
If your children or grandchildren are interested in participating in this exchange program and do not possess a French or U. S. Passport, please file for the passport immediately. For youth under the age of 18, both parents' consent and proof of parental relationship are required. Each participant in this exchange program must also show proof of medical insurance and have the appropriate immunizations for visiting France or the United States.
All responsibility for travel arrangements, costs and liability of these exchanges rest solely with each candidate and their family. The SAR will not be responsible for any expenses whatsoever. The role of the SAR is to merely collect each candidate's interest and then identify and match each participant based on common interests.
In 2010 a Facebook “group” page was inaugurated so that eligible youth can get acquainted, share experiences and establish friendships. Group membership is open to all eligible program participants, their parents and grandparents and members of the SAR Youth Exchange Committee. However, it is anticipated the group primarily will be used by the youth of France and the United States. It is not necessary that group members either have participated in the exchange program or plan to participate in the future. The youth of France and the United States are encouraged to join the group whether or not they plan to participate in the Youth Exchange Program. Hopefully, by joining the Facebook group they will find other youth with common interests and decide to visit each other by participating in the SAR Youth Exchange Program.
To find the group, log onto Facebook (it’s free), and search for “Sons of the American Revolution