This is wal-di.com
wal-di.com is the platform for a worldwide exchange and contact among Waldorf students. Whether you are simply seeking mail correspondence, a host family abroad, or you are willing to accommodate an exchange student yourself, wal-di.com provides the platform to do so.
–> Just look at the advantages wal-di.com offers:
Free of charge
You do not have to enter any contractual commitments. A foreign exchange mostly involves high costs charged by an agency that organizes the trip. You save these expenses if you book your exchange via wal-di.com.
You can determine the date and duration of your exchange trip yourself.
Place of Choice
Most companies providing exchange trips have fixed allocations in respect to the town, school and family in their programs. wal-di.com does not. You can decide on your own country, region, town and school. Then you can get in touch with the students of the school.
As wal-di.com is an exchange site for Waldorf students, the environment it provides is easily ascertained. The schools which the students file their registrations for are listed in the database, thus obstructing the entry of false addresses in the registry. Besides the member of the teaching staff who is responsible for overseeing the exchange program must confirm you are a bona fide student of the school.
You can get to know your future exchange student, host parents and school before travelling to the country by visiting them online in advance long before you go on the planned exchange visit.
Your personal information will not be passed on to third parties.
–> See the report from the Software AG - Foundation
–> Some feedback on wal-di.com
Platform for international contact and exchange:
„I would like to tell you that there are some students of ours who are going to exchange to Australia, Germany and maybe France. Thanks a lot for helping students to have this wonderful experience.“
Cynara from Brazil
„Super Sache die Website! Unsere Tochter geniesst zur Zeit das Leben (und hoffentlich auch die Schule) in Australien dank ihrer Homepage!“
Adrian aus der Schweiz
„I‘m going on exchange to Germany, and my German exchange student is even here. But id still be interested in communicating and being friends with people from other countries.“
Harry from USA
„Die Idee gefällt mir deshalb, weil es eine der wenigen Möglichkeiten wäre, überhaupt mal woanders hinkommen zu können um Erfahrungen zu sammeln. Im Endeffekt ist es ja alles eine Frage des Geldes. Auf diesem Wege ist es eventuell auch mir möglich eine Familie zu finden, denen es finanziell ähnlich geht, sie aber auch die Chancen für Ihre Kinder nutzen möchten.“
Ruben aus Deutschland
„Yes, the plattform was very helpful for me and I found my exchange student with it! I‘m on exchange now in Germany and everything‘s going great. I can‘t think of any ways to improve, except that maybe it would be helpful to be able to see the messages that you have sent with another student after you‘ve sent them ...“
Roshan from Canada
„Da uns die ganzen Austausch-Organisationen zu teuer waren, haben wir nach immer neuen Möglichkeiten gesucht, eine Gastfamilie zu finden.
Ich (Anna) fand schnell meine Austauschpartnerin. Bei mir (Anuscha) ... erwies sich das als etwas schwieriger, da das Mädchen, das ich angeschrieben hatte, erst sehr viel später antwortete. Als wir dann wirklich in Kontakt traten, ergab sich schnell ein Austausch.“
Anuscha und Anna aus Deutschland -> Complete report (German)
„Hi, the exchange is very successful. Our daughter is currently in the US until mid-November. Then she is flying back home, together with her exchange partner. Thank you for helping make it possible!“
Yuval from Israel
„We look forward to making lots of Waldorf friends on you super site."
Colin from Norway
„Wir haben einen Austausch mit einem Schüler der Waldorfschule Lyon in die Wege geleitet, der im Herbst bzw. Frühjahr kommenden Schuljahr erfolgen wird. Der Kontakt hatte sich über die wal-di-Plattform ergeben. Hat super geklappt! Wir hatten insgesamt 5 Anfragen seit Einstellen des Profils ...
So kommen die jungen Menschen zusammen! Danke herzlich“
Bianka aus Deutschland
„Ich finde die Idee gut, weil man so Jugendliche der ganzen Welt kennenlernen kann.“
Amelie aus Deutschland
–> About us
The initial idea for a school exchange project has very much to do with the increased importance now given to foreign language skills and gaining experience abroad. The reasons are manifold. The realization by parents that an exchange is required is often accompanied by the necessity of meeting the high costs involved. Usually private companies are contracted with the implementation of the exchange. Such comprehensive “We take care of everything.” service packages can range from 6,000 to 10,000 Euros.
As the host families and the schools are not known before the beginning of the journey, unpleasant surprises can be one of the side-effects of the experience. Cheaper alternatives are rare and of poor quality. The only other possibility therefore are short term exchanges with partner schools. An exchange site catering for Waldorf Schools enables planned exchanges in the holidays and during the school term, it offers a platform upon which to exchange general information between the schools and opens up the possibility to become twin or exchange schools.
Our child attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Lüneburg and we believe a visit abroad and taking in guest students can be an enriching experience in many different ways. You come in contact with other languages, lifestyles and cultural differences, you go beyond your own little way of seeing and doing things and you let other people participate in your life.
We hope that the website leads to numerous contacts and friendships among Waldorf students and schools around the whole world.
Anke and Andreas Patzelt