What is the San Casciano Exchange Program?
The San Casciano Exchange Program is an exchange between teens in San Casciano, Italy, and Morgan Hill teens. Sister Cities developed the Program in 2018 to give local students a chance to learn about, share, and explore an international experience, as well as form life-long friendships and memories. The program is made up of two phases: traveling to Italy one summer, then hosting an Italian teen here is Morgan Hill the following summer. While in Italy, the Program includes tours of historical and fun sites in and around San Casciano, daily group activities, and a chance to relax, have fun, and enjoy!
The program is designed for students who have completed at least 10th grade by the time of travel. Morgan Hill students are housed with an Italian family, then Italian students are housed with the Morgan Hill family the following year. Completion of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program; Morgan Hill residents are given priority over non-residents. Total number of selected students for any given year is also determined by the number of Italian families available to host, not just the number of U.S. applicants. The program is based on a participating family committing to both phases, traveling one summer, and hosting the next.
What’s The Latest?
Our first two year program, 2018-2019, was very successful resulting in lifelong memories and friendships for everyone involved. Then COVID. The next two-year program is tentatively scheduled for Morgan Hill students to travel to Italy in July 2023 and then host Italian students in Morgan Hill in July 2024. An updated application and timeline leading up to travel will be available several months before the tentative travel date and is required to participate. If you are interested in early information, please contact program administrator, Amy Whelan.