How it works

Follow three simple steps to join our community and enjoy all sorts of cultural exchanges

Upload your exchange

Once active, you’ll have access to all site content. It’s important for your proposal to be attractive and with high quality images.

The rest is very easy! We’ll guide you through the entire process.

Send and receive enquiries

In dothegap, registering and boosting the visibility of your exchange is totally free.

When you find exchange proposals you’re interested in, you can get in touch by subscribing to the service.

Manage messages and
data from your  dashboard

Every time you receive a message or enquiry we’ll notify you via e-mail. You’ll also receive notifications in your dashboard.

From there, you can manage everything related to your account: your profile, experiences, contacts, communications and your subscription.

Types of exchange

When you register, choose the type of exchange you would like to do


Organised by schools
Group exchange

Teacher + students

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Organised by clubs
Group exchange

Coach + team

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Organised by students and their families

Among families with same-aged children

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Organised by professionals
Any field or discipline

Exchange to share techniques or hobbies

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Au Pair

Organised privately
Looking for a host family

Immersion while taking care of young children

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Host family

Organised privately
Temporary student/professional hosting

Cultural immersion with native family

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How to organise an exchange

Organising and enjoying this type of experience is much easier than you might think. Contact other community members directly and build new relationships. This way you ensure you are a good match and guarantee the success of your exchange.

1Search for members that best fit what you are looking for

2Save the most interesting experiences as your favourites

3Reach out and build trusting relationships

Prepare your trip

So, you’ve decided who your exchange partner is going to be? Now it’s time to arrange your travel plans and have fun doing it!

  • Read up on your destination
  • Book the right transportation
  • Check if you need a visa
  • Don’t forget to take out insurance

More information at

Tips for preparing your trip

During your stay

Travelling someplace new can lead to “culture shock”. The most common feelings we experience as part of this shock are confusion, anxiety and frustration, alongside other more positive feelings such as excitement and inspiration upon discovering new cultural contexts.

It is essential that you:

  • Share
  • Listen
  • Ask questions
  • Enjoy

These are experiences that you will never forget!

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After your exchange

We want you to tell us all about it. Rate your stay and let your fellow members know how your experience went. No doubt you will have loads of stories to share!

Now… what are you waiting for?

Sign up and get started

What kind of experience are you looking for?

Register in dothegap and tell us about it. Together we’ll make it happen!

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