Exchange Program In India, Family Stay

Exchange Program: India
Who else other than a Indo-European enthusiasts to create REAL Exchange Programs in India!

Project profile

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Group Strength: 5 to 40 participants
Age: 7 to 20 years old.
Flight: Sweden → India →Sweden
Getting around: Metro, bus, boat, tram, autorickshaw, cycle rickshaw, car, bicycle, walking (as per the city)
Accommodation: With the Indian families from the Indian school
Food: Breakfast and dinner at the Indian family's home, lunch in the Indian school
Group Leader: Experienced and qualified native French, speaking English

Highlights of the Project
The days you will spend in India will impact you deeply in the most positive way. Our school exchange with India will allow you to visit the main historic places and monuments of the Indian capital. But above all, you will discover the daily life of an Indian family who will welcome and pamper you throughout the duration of the exchange. In addition to the Indian school's arms wide open welcoming and allowing you to be involved in several activities, it will take a day to see and touch the Taj Mahal!
Our Strengths:
  • Accommodation with motivated Indian families, seriously selected, they are all from the Indian school that welcomes you
  • Improve your English by daily practice
  • Introduction to Hindi or other regional language
  • Participation to many activities in school and visit many places in the afternoon and on weekends
  • Even if your Indian school is not around Agra, the group has the possibility to add a visit to the Taj Mahal or any where else.
  • We follow the security instructions strictly, especially when outdoors;
  • We follow the French law protecting the youth while organizing a travel;
  • A Milna European person is with the group during the entire Exchange, who’s reachable at all times.
Responsible traveler:
  • We use the public transportation and limit the group detritus to reduce the impact of the carbon footprint caused by this project.
  • The participants will be involved in a local cause and support it the way they can. For example: Bringing spectacles to visually impaired needy persons, help in a social canteen, creating games for village children...
  • This is an example of an exchange program depending on the city where you will be.

    Day 1: Flight from Sweden to New Delhi. Welcoming ceremony and presentation of the school. Installation in Indian families.

    Day 2: Activities in the school in the morning (Introduction to Hindi, visual arts, dance, music, yoga ...). Visit the Gandhi Museum.

    Day 3-4: The weekend with families where different activities with the participant will be planned.

    Day 5: Activities in the school and discover the 400 years old heritage of Old Delhi in the afternoon.

    Day 6: Activity in the school and visit to one of the symbols of Delhi, the Lotus Temple in the afternoon.

    Day 7: Activity in the school and visit the Sufi district and a NGO. The night will be spent together.

    Day 8: Back to school, dance and afternoon with families.

    Day 9: Activity in the school and Qutub Minar in the afternoon

    Day 10: Day with families

    Day 11: Visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal

    Day 12: Activities in the school and visit India Gate and Connaught Place

    Day 13: Activity in the school. Involvement in social activities of a temple. Night spent together.

    Day 14: The farewell party, Dance and Music performances by the students. Evening with families.

    Day 15: Last moments with the families and return to Sweden.

    (This is a sample program for information purpose only, the program is subject to several factors such as availability time of year, school location, schedule flight / train ... The program will finalized with the participants.)

    (In case the Indian school is located far from the Taj Mahal (Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata...) and the group wishes to visit it. It can be organised, check this page)

    Departure and rate per person

    The Terms and Conditions

    Since the school holidays in India are not all the same, an exchange program is possible throughout the year except few weeks in March and May due to exams and holidays. Check with us if your dates are suitable or not..

    Duration of 7 to 15 days according to your possibilities, the price is the same irrespective of the duration between 7 to 15 days. (Want a different duration? Contact us)

    120 days
    Starting 980 EUR*
    Up to 15 days
    Possible anywhere in India
    India family stay
    One per family
    Milna French team member
    90 days
    Starting 1095 EUR*
    Up to 15 days
    Possible anywhere in India
    India family stay
    One per family
    Milna French team member
    60 days
    Starting 1260 EUR*
    Up to 15 days
    Possible anywhere in India
    India family stay
    One per family
    Milna French team member
    30 days
    Starting 1420 EUR*
    Up to 15 days
    Possible anywhere in India
    India family stay
    One per family
    Milna French team member

    Rate including:
    • Rate per participant all included
    • Project starting and ending from the concerned departure airport
    • Certificate for each participant
    The rate does not include:
    • Transfer to/from the starting concerned airport
    • The cost of the accompanying adults from the participant school
    • Personal expenditure
    (*) The prices mentioned above are subject to availability. The official rates are in Euros. The rate of exchange used for calculating cost in SEK is subject to change and the final rate applied will be at the actual time of order on our "Shop" section. The final amount in SEK will be displayed by selecting SEK as currency.
    Eventual options:
    • Indian Sim card
    • Extra days in India
    • Excursion to a neighboring region or country
    • A journey in Indian train
    • Stopover in another country (As per the airline stopover)
    About the "120 days offer":
    For the 120 days offer, we will do our maximum to respect your preferred date of departure, however, the dates of the project must be flexible +/- 7 days.
    Valid passport + Visa (As per your citizenship).
    • Our team has a pharmacy adapted to the destination.
    • In India, no vaccination is mandatory, however, feel free to check the vaccination you already have with your doctor.
    • A member of Milna is present with the traveling group during the entire length of the stay. He/ She will ensure the security and safety of the group.
    • In case of an emergency, the traveler will be taken into care by the nearest hospital. If needed, he will be repatriated in the best conditions.

    What is an Exchange program and what happens in an Exchange program?
    An Exchange program is an opportunity for students to experience the life in another country while studying, traveling, learning and sharing their knowledge with others. The participant attends school in the morning where he/she does different academic and extra-curricular activities. In the afternoon, he/she visits the local city and its famous attractions and some organizations. In the evening each student spends time with his/her host family. This continues with a different schedule each day. The weekend is spent with the host family according to the plans of each student’s respective host family. An Exchange program happens for 1 to 3 weeks but we feel 2 weeks is an ideal duration for school students.


    How does the payment deadline work?
    The principle is simple: The earliest you pay to book your project, more you will save. By paying us in advance, we can book the accommodation, transportation etc in advance.
    We get them for a competitive price so we make you benefit from this saving, hence the different deadlines.
    Let's say you select the 90 days' deadline, it means, that 100% of the payment needs to reach us no later than 90 days before the departure. If you have already paid 10% while booking, the remaining payment will be 90% to send us no later than 90 days before the departure. If your payment is not reaching us before the 90 days' deadline, then the 60 days' deadline amount will apply. (Check our "Shop" section to know the exact amount). Please note that if today is the 91st day before the departure and you want the 90 days' deadline, you have to send us 100% of the amount to respect the deadline and avail the 90 days special offer.


    At which destination will the project take place?
    The Exchange Program can happen anywhere in the country. If your school has any particular preferred area, then it has to be requested for at the time of enrollment and we'll do our best to find a school in that area matching your preferences.


    What do we do about the visas?
    Milna will facilitate the visa formalities of the participants and the teachers. Our team will provide you the list of required documents for the visa. Please make sure that all the documents in the list are ready within the duration communicated to you.


    What about health insurance?
    The health insurance is not always compulsory to obtain a visa. Since many participants might already have an insurance covering them yearly, each participant is required to check if he/she is already covered. If not covered, Milna recommends the participant to have one covering him during the project.


    What happens when the participant arrives in the host country and how will I know if she/he has arrived?
    Milna maintains a 'Before/During/After the project' blog in which we mention the itinerary and the calendar of the students. During the project we put our best efforts to update the parents about each activity of students through articles, pictures and videos on our blog. The blog’s name would be communicated to all the students and their families.


    Where will the participant live?
    Each student will be provided one family according to the student’s age and gender. For ex: A 12-years-old male participant lives in a family of 12-years-old boy. A female participant is also placed in a family of a girl of the same age. All efforts are put in order to put the students in a family according to their age and gender.


    Will the participant be alone or with his/her friend, at the family's home?
    Yes, each student lives alone with one family. We do not put two participants together in one family unless we have less number of host families (Something very rare and we will have to consult the participant and his/her family first to get their approval). It is for the benefit of the project, that each student lives alone with a family, as two participants in one family will just communicate with each other instead of conversing and sharing their knowledge with their correspondent student and its family.


    Who will take care of the participant?
    In most cases the language teacher of the participant shall accompany the group. In other cases if the language teacher cannot go, then any other teacher chosen by your participant's school shall go along with one Milna person. Our Milna person knows the country of the project and its culture very well and stays with the group during the entire project. The participant can contact the teacher and the Milna person for any assistance at any time.


    Should the participant bring a gift for the host family and siblings?
    Yes, the host family will be happy to receive something from the participant's country as a gift. It is not necessary to buy an expensive one. Anything representing your country will do. Otherwise, simply you may ask the host family.


    Do I have to host my partner if he/she comes to my country?
    A real exchange program is supposed to be like that. However, if you can't host your partner during his/her possible visit to your country with his/her school, we will have no problem with that. We will always be able to get him/her a new partner.


    Does the family speak English?
    Yes, the family welcoming the participant speaks English. English is the main language used to teach all the subjects. A great opportunity to improve your English by practicing it daily.


    Who will be the host family? Please send full details about the host family.
    The host family will be the parents of the student studying in the school who hosts/invites the group. All the host families are selected by the welcoming school in collaboration with Milna. The full details of the participant’s respective host family will be given to you, before the departure.


    How much pocket money should the participant carry?
    For sake of the participant's private expenditure (shopping etc.), you can give some pocket money, it all depends on what the participant would like to buy. In general, we believe that 15 Euros per day is largely enough to fulfill the normal shopping desires.


    What if my question was not answered here?
    Please feel free to contact us.