What is Culture Swap?

howcultureswapworksCulture Swap is an online social platform for offline cultural exchange. Culture Swap community members enjoy the next generation of social dining by getting together with people from different countries and backgrounds over a mutual love of food. Home Cooks practice a target language through natural conversation with native-speaking Guests, who, in return, learn about new food cultures over a homemade meal in their hosts’ homes. Whether you are a Home Cook looking to gain confidence speaking a foreign language or a Food-Loving Guest who wants to experience another culture’s culinary heritage, you can learn how Culture Swap works for you in 3 simple steps by exploring the tabs above.

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Find a Host

Start by browsing the Culture Swap community for Home Cooks and drool-worthy meals. Save Hosts that you like to your favorites list. You can search for Home Cooks in your own city or in the places you visit. Send a personal message to Home Cooks you’d like to eat with to introduce yourself and let them know you’d love to meet them over a shared meal.

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Set a Date

Get to know potential Hosts through our private messaging system and let them know when you’d be available to help them practice your language. When a Home Cook is able to host you, they’ll send you an invite, proposing a date and time. You can then confirm the booking, submit a small booking fee, and we’ll send you your Host’s address and contact information.

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Exchange Cultures

Meet and eat! Help a local practice your language in exchange for their home cooking. Go to your Host’s home, chat with them over common interests and your mutual love of food. Learn about your Host’s local food culture and join them in the kitchen as they prepare family recipes to share with you. End your exchange by enjoying a homemade meal together!

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Find a Guest

Start by browsing the Culture Swap community for Food Loving Guests who speak your target language at a native level. Save native speakers that you like to your favorites list. You can search for Guests who live in your city or who are just there to visit. Send a personal message to Guests that you’d like to invite to your home to say hello and let them know you’d love to have them over for a shared meal.

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Set a Date

Get to know potential Guests through our private messaging system. Propose a time to have them over for dinner and practice speaking their language. You can then send them a secure invite through Culture Swap to formally schedule their visit to your home. Once they’ve confirmed the invite, they’ll be sent your address and contact information, and we’ll send you their phone number and preferred method of contact.

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Exchange Cultures

Meet, speak and eat! Your Guest will help you practice your target language in exchange for your home cooking. Chat with them over common interests and your mutual love of food in the comfort of your own home. Share your food culture with them and practice speaking their language as you prepare your favorite recipes. End your exchange with natural conversation at the table over a shared meal together!

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