We recently moved our website and the english and spanish version will follow as well. So this part is under construction and will be updated soon. You can find the main information below, if you need more just sent us a message!
Who or what is QueerExchange?
QueerExchange is a group of volunteers and staff of AFS Germany. We deal with matters concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as part of student exchanges and international voluntary service programs.
QueerExchange wants to be the voice of LGBT individuals and make alternative family and lifestyles more visible. We encourage an open dialogue so that queerness and LGBT topics can become just another facet of life-at home and abroad!
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as a host student, host parent, volunteer or staff is already part of the diversity of life here in Germany.
How does it work?
QueerExchange gets involved, organizes workshops and information booths and tries to create awareness for different points of views. Through these interactions with the public we aim to reduce insecurities and reservations people may have when it comes to dealing with an alternative lifestyle. Sometimes a penny might drop, sometimes you might have a light bulb moment or we are just able to take a heavy load of your mind by simply providing some information.
Our job is to be a liaison and foster mutual understanding when people reach their 'queer limits'.
We are here for you! We will answer your questions and find regional contact persons.
Please be aware...
of the fact that, until now, we have only been a German initiative, with few European excursions. That means we are focused on activities, offers and improvements for German AFS volunteers and staff, as well as circumstances of host students coming to Germany and LGBT host families in Germany. We are very much aware that any question about sexual identity in relation to cultural exchanges cannot and shall not be answered from a single-nation point of view. However, we have been working to improve and extend the reach of our program, and will always be a part of the AFS family, not only restricted to Germany. We are very welcoming towards any help, support, and additions to our queer community.