cultural exchange, student exchange, youth


The little more than 300.000 Danes who emigrated to America between 1870 and World War II created a solid foundation for the cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark in many different ways. This exchange takes place on a family level as well as in a professionally managed way via a number of organizations which arrange longer visits in private homes for students, young farmers, and youth in general within the two countries. This paper deals with this aspect of the Danish-American cultural exchange in order to see how and to what extend the exchange students and other young people become what one could call teenage ambassadors. How many organizations are involved in this work? Who are they? What is their background? How were they started? How many persons have been exchanged over the years? How many of them take up permanent residence? What are the future perspectives?