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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Paraguay, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

     Any  Yes  No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Spring 2019 Programs: January 31, 2001 - February 28, 2004. Fall and Summer 2019 Programs: June 30, 2001 - July 31 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Spanish language classes are available for students wishing to participate in the volunteer program.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in small towns, but can be placed anywhere throughout Paraguay.


The most popular sport in Paraguay is futbol (soccer). However rugby, volleyball, tennis, and basketball are also popular among Paraguayans!

¡Bienvenido a Paraguay! Paraguay is a colorful nation perfect for anyone who loves the exploring the outdoors and who wants to learn more about history. Study and volunteer in Paraguay to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer!
Learn more about Paraguay.

Volunteer in Paraguay!

Students 18 - 26 are encouraged to apply for the Community Service Program in Paraguay! Students have the opportunity to live with a host family while also partnering with a local non profit to assist in community service efforts such as social work, education, childhood & adolescence, biology, and health. Students are encouraged to state their area of volunteering interest in their application so we are able to place them with an organization that meets their interests. We ask that applicants for this program are high school graduates, and while there is no formal language requirement, applicants should be willing to learn Spanish during the intensive Spanish classes that take place during the first two weeks of the program. This program offers students an incredible experience to immerse themselves in a culture while also building their resume!


Academic Year and Semester Programs

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:


School: Students in Paraguay attend school from the time they are 3 until the age of 18, when they complete their third and final year of high school. YFU exchange students may be placed in either a public or private school.


Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Paraguay, students will attend another orientation with all YFU students participating in the program. This orientation is conducted in English and is meant to give an introduction to the country, customs, and things to expect while in Paraguay. You will also participate in a 2-week training course in which you will learn not only Spanish language skills, but also practical lessons about Paraguay by visiting museums, malls, stores, and other places around the city! All orientation costs are included in program tuition.


Extracurricular Activities: Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors hiking through the mountains, rainforests, and visiting natural waterfalls. Students are encouraged to get involved in any extracurricular activities offered by their host school or local community, which include clubs and sports.


Special Program Offers: YFU Paraguay offers cultural trips for students while on program for an additional fee. Students may also have opportunities to travel with their host families or with YFU on organized trips during school breaks. Students will find out more about these excursions and how to sign up when they arrive in Paraguay.


Tuition Includes

-Placement with a carefully selected host family
-Enrollment in a local Paraguayan high school
-Airport transfers 
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from a YFU Paraguay Area Representative while on program
-Comprehensive insurance


Additional Information


Visa Information: Information about visas will be provided upon enrollment. 


Additional Costs: Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips. Students may also need to pay an additional compulsory school fee if applicable. YFU will check with families before officially enrolling students in a school that requires an additional fee. 


Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year
Fall Year Volunteer
Spring Year
Spring Year Volunteer

0178 *
1420 *
1281 *
1419 *

early July
late August
late January
mid January

early June
early August
early January
early January

Fall Semester
Fall Semester Volunteer
Spring Semester
Spring Semester Volunteer

1283 *
1416 *
1282 *
1417 *

early July
late August
late January
mid January

early January
mid March
late June
mid July

Summer Semester Volunteer
Summer Volunteer

1387 *
1418 *

late August
late August

late November
early November


* Programs also available to graduates