This summer, students from Friedrichshafen, Germany will travel to Peoria for three weeks — July 25 - August 13. We are currently accepting applications for host families. For more information, read our Q&A or contact us via email at If you are interested, please fill out an application.


The first youth exchange between Peoria and Friedrichshafen took place in 1978. Ours is the longest continuous running youth exchange between sister cities anywhere in the United States!

Each year, approximately 20 teenagers (16 to 19 years of age) from one city visit the other for three weeks in the summer. The following year, the roles are reversed.

The guests participate in the daily life of their host families and join in local events in the community. Group events bring everyone together and create long-lasting friendships among all participants!

This program is a chance to visit a foreign country, not as a tourist, but as a member of a family and community. The exchanges are personal, and the experiences create life-enriching relationships.

To be considered for an exchange, fill out an application today and send it with your deposit (travel years only) to:
FOF Youth Exchange
2107 W. Winnebago
Peoria, IL 61614

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