Quest Exchange is a nonprofit organization committed to educational study abroad programs. Our goal is to promote cultural awareness and international understanding by offering quality, educational and cultural programs for students, host families and schools.
Founded in 1999, Quest Exchange is a nonprofit organization located in San Francisco, California. Quest’s President has 20 years experience in the student exchange industry.

We are a team of experienced professionals who are passionate about offering international student exchange experiences.Quest

The Quest team truly understands the challenges that exchange students may face. All of our team members have lived abroad and learned another language while overcoming cultural differences. This understanding and compassion is transmitted through Quest’s exceptional customer service.

Quest offers a wide variety of exchange opportunities for international and American students. Our programs are open to both youth and adults interested in studying abroad, learning a language or becoming integrated with a new culture.

Our Organization’s Structure

Quest Local Coordinators interview and screen potential host families, build relationships with school officials and supervise students at the local level. Our Local Coordinators undergo a criminal background check and are selected based on their commitment to providing students and host families the highest level of service. The Quest National Office staff screens, trains and supervises Local Coordinators. We provide a 24 hour emergency contact line for students, host families and Local Coordinators.

Quest Exchange is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are dedicated to helping Quest bring international people together to embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities, as we foster international awareness and understanding.Quest

Host Families are interviewed in person and are evaluated by the Quest Exchange Local Coordinator prior to acceptance. Criminal background checks are run on all adult host family members during the screening process. We recognize that Quest Host families play a critical role in the experience of our exchange students, therefore we carefully select our host families, ensuring they not only pass the interview process, but that they possess a genuine desire to share their home and culture with an international exchange student.

International Partners help Quest to recruit and screen students to ensure that each student is emotionally prepared for the challenges inherent in studying abroad. Our Partners administer language exams and conduct interviews with students and parents prior to accepting them into the Quest program.  The Quest Exchange President believes in building long-term relationships that allow us to learn and understand our Partners’ expectations so we can provide excellent service to our international program participants.

School Partnerships play an important role in the success of our inbound programs. Quest’s Director of Development focuses on building and strengthening relationships with new and existing schools. Our school partners work closely with Quest staff to better serve the best interest of our students and host families.

Read about the Quest National Office Staff.