USA Program

Improve your English and Live with an American Family

Student Pre-Departure Orientation

Before the exchange students travel to Iowa, they attend the Culture Quest Pre-Departure Orientation in June. The orientation is held in Germany.

(610) 815-6401

Culture Quest will chaperone students on the flight from Germany to the United States.

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Host Family Pre-Arrival Orientation

Host families attend the Culture Quest Pre-Arrival Orientation before the exchange students arrive in Iowa.

(706) 900-4692

Culture Quest hosts and conducts several optional events and trips throughout the United States during the program.

Personal Supervision

Ongoing supervision is a very important component of a successful exchange program. Culture Quest team members maintain frequent contact with our students and families.

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Application Deadline and Fees

Students must be between 15 and 18 years of age by the start of the program. Click below for application deadlines and fees.

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Germany Program

Improve your German and Live with a German Family

(434) 421-2143

Culture Quest offers a short-term/summer homestay program for American High School students who are interested in studying in Germany.


Are you ready to improve your German language?

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Host Families

Host families come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. Hosting a German exchange student is an ideal way to expose American families to German culture without ever leaving home. Our exchange students will share information about their country and culture and, in turn, the exchange students will learn about American culture and traditions. This adventure will give both, the student and family, the chance to experience another culture by sharing recipes, family traditions and creating life long memories that will be cherished for years to come. Culture Quest's main goal is to connect people and cultures while providing the highest quality of selection and supervision.

Typical Families

A typical American family who loves hosting year after year.

(253) 350-7552

We love it when single parents want to host.

Empty Nesters

Parents whose children have grown and moved out often experience an empty nest feeling.

Wild Families

These are families who love adventure and often have more than two children.

Single Adults

Single adults will find that hosting a student will be a brand-new, great experience.

Happy Couples

We are always seeking happy couples to host.

Military Families

We have the utmost respect for our military families.

Young at Heart

Older couples often have the time to devote to make our students’ experience the best...

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About CQ


Culture Quest is a secondary-school student exchange program that promotes intercultural understanding by bringing together German students and American host families. Culture Quest recruits, selects and places German exchange students with American volunteer host families to establish lifelong relationships. German exchange students between 15 and 18 years of age will be traveling and living in Iowa on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. CQ exchange students will attend their local high schools in the Iowa for one school year or one semester.

Our Team

Our team of Culture Quest experts is here to make your exchange an amazing experience, start to finish. We have over 25 years of collective experience with all aspects of the Exchange Visitor Program.


Julia was born and raised in Germany. She met her husband in Germany and together they moved to Iowa in 2008.

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Vice President

Aaron was born and raised in central Iowa. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Wiesbaden Germany where he met his wife Julia.

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Director of Quality and Compliance

Don was born in Washington, D.C. He lives in Iowa with his wife, Frannie, and their four children.

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Director of Student Services

Frannie was born and raised in Teltow, Germany, and was a high school foreign exchange student in Iowa, USA.

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Contact Us

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 42362

Urbandale, IA 50322