- To experience another culture and develop relationships through online communication, family homestays, group activities, and language development.
- To foster small group and one-on-one student exchanges whenever possible.
- To promote world peace.
“Giving these kids an opportunity to take meaningful steps to explore a new culture far outside of their comfort zone is an extraordinary thing to watch… On behalf of my family, thank you to the Aspen Sister Cities organization for continuing the hard but important work of upholding this really beautiful community tradition”– Meredith Carroll, Aspen- Mother of two student exchange participants.
Middle School Exchanges
ABETONE, ITALY (Coordinator: Sarah Graber)
BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA (Coordinator: Satya Leidner)
CHAMONIX, FRANCE (Coordinator: Sarah Graber)
SHIMUKAPPU, JAPAN (Coordinator: Kamala Marsh)
Aspen Sister Cities, Aspen Middle School, Aspen Community School, and Aspen Country Day School all work together to create a well-balanced program for eligible 8th grade students who are interested in experiencing an international exchange. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing at their school. It is recommended that students be currently studying the language of their respective exchange country. In the case of the Shimukappu and Abetone programs, given that such language classes are not available at our schools, an online approved course may suffice.
High School Exchanges
GARMISCH- PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
Coordinator: Jill Sheeley
Aspen Sister Cities and Aspen High School work together to create a well-balanced program for eligible high school students who are interested in experiencing an international exchange. There are two high school exchanges offered: Queenstown, New Zealand and Garmisch P, Germany. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing at Aspen High School.
Adaptive Skiing Exchange
Arts and Culture Exchange
Ski Patrol Exchange