The purpose of the Lexington-County Kildare Exchange Programme is to provide a genuine cultural and family experience in another country for second level students from County Kildare and those from Lexington, Kentucky USA.
The County Kildare student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must be willing and able to receive a USA student in their home for approximately the same length of time as the Irish student is in America, but not simultaneously. The Irish and the American student should be together for both parts of the exchange. Students should exhibit maturity, flexibility, and an interest in Irish and American culture.
The exchange will be during the summer and the proposed dates are as follows;
Departing from Dublin airport on Friday, 28 June 2024
Returning to Dublin airport on Monday, 8 July 2024
Arriving to Dublin airport on Friday, 12 July 2024
Departing from Dublin airport on Monday, 22 July 2024
Please note the proposed dates may be subject to change depending on flights and times available when booking.
The students will travel as a group with an adult chaperone. You should be prepared to incur an expense of approximately €750 in transportation costs (Additional costs above this are met by grant funding from Kildare County Council). The host family will provide room and board. Additional information will be given about your hosting of a student from Lexington at a later date.
Making an application
Please note that when you click on "Apply" on the right you will be invited to setup an account/profile. This account/profile should be set up using the email address and the details of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the applicant and NOT that of the student. All correspondence will be sent to the email associated with the account/profile.
In advance of completing your application, please note that you will need two references (one from your Principal or Transition Year coordinator and one other).
The deadline for submission of application is 12th January 2024 @ 11:55p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
In advance of making your application, please read the Data Protection Privacy Statement available here.
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Students must be 16 years of age by 1st June 2024 and should exhibit maturity, flexibility, and an interest in Irish and American culture. If selected for this programme students must have a valid passport, which does not expire for at least 6 months after the date of return to Ireland.