History

Nacel got its start in 1957, when two language teachers from France began organizing summer sessions in England for French teenagers. Their goal was to provide opportunities for students to extend their language learning and knowledge of another culture through an organized and affordable summer program. During the 60s, these programs grew steadily and spread to Ireland. In 1969, the organizers decided to ask some American teachers of French to arrange a summer homestay program for French teenagers in the United States. Over the years, programs with Germany, Spain, Mexico, and Canada were added.

Another nonprofit organization, Open Door Student Exchange, began providing intercultural learning experiences for high school students and their families in 1964. Throughout the years, thousands of exchanges have made lifelong international friendships a reality while broadening intellectual horizons for students, families, and schools.

In 1997, the two organizations merged to become Nacel Open Door. In 1997-98, short-term winter programs were added to the traditional offerings of semester, academic year, and short-term summer programs. Today's merged organization offers programs in over 35 countries in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North and South America.

Nacel Open Door in the United States

Today the organization remains strong and independent. Nacel Open Door is a member of Nacel International, a confederation of partner organizations whose goal is to promote Nacel programs worldwide. Through periodic meetings with partners abroad, during which the views of coordinators and other Nacel Open Door representatives are shared, policies and procedures are developed to ensure that programs in all countries operate according to a consistent standard of quality.

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