The YMCA, who operates this program, was established over 150 years ago as a charity dedicated to the health of both individuals and communities. Our focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. For more information about the YMCA please go to

The YMCA has been delivering the Summer Work Student Exchange Program since the summer of 2007. We also bring years of collective experience to this program as we have been operating exchange programs both nationally and internationally since 1976.

Our Mission

The YMCA is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership.


Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

Our Values

The YMCA is guided by certain values that inform the way we act and the decisions we make:

  • Caring - we act with compassion and concern for the well-being of others
  • Health - we are committed to physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development
  • Honesty - we demonstrate integrity and trustworthiness
  • Inclusiveness - we appreciate diversity, strive to be open to all, and seek to understand differences and find common ground
  • Respect - we recognize and protect the inherent worth of every person, including oneself
  • Responsibility - we are dependable and accountable for choices, actions, and commitments

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