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Writing to a penpal or e-pal in another country helps to practice reading and writing in a foreign language, to improve literacy, to learn more about other countries and life-styles, and to make friendships. Exchanging messages with a penpal or e-pal in another state helps to understand the similarities and differences between the states and cities.

Resources for International and US Penpals and E-pals for all ages:

  • HSAMF (Home School Association for Military Families) Pen Pal Program for both military and civilian homeschooled children -- a FREE literacy based, traditional letter writing program. It is a great way to get children writing traditional letters, a skill that is often lost in today's society, as well as make friends with children they would otherwise not have met. Look for the Pen Pal Program under the Programs tab. Sign up for their e-newsletter, Penpal Tidbit, a bimonthly publication that will give you fresh ideas to share with your penpal. For example, August 26th was Australia Day, so children were encouraged to learn something new about Australia and then share it with their pen pal.
  • CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) runs a family exchange program. Contacting them might connect you to families abroad.
  • ePals - for K-12 designed to connect classrooms in 200 countries and territories. They have a homeschool forum where you can connect with other homeschooling families, browse the postings and respond to a penpal request from Ghana or France or Brazil or Australia.
  • Student Letter Exchange matches English-speaking penpals ages 9-18 in the US and around the world. The minimum order is four penpals at $1.25/each or $1/each for 15 or more.
  • World Pen Pals has a one-time $3 charge, for ages 9-10, and 11 and up, with parental consent. They will match a classroom or student here with one on another continent.
  • KidWorld Keypals where you can connect to an international keypal.
  • Postcard Kids is a postcard exchange group for homeschoolers
  • Students of the World - Email Penpals - lists of penpals in many countries.

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