The Pro-American Educational and Cultural Exchange began in Autumn of 1988, conceived in the hearts of two family members brought together by their "mutual" daughter, Karen. She was the first exchange student hosted by the Pages in 1986. Their dream was to start a foreign exchange program led with empathy and wisdom attained only through first-handed participation in the exchange experience as parents.
P.E.A.C.E., Inc. was chartered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1988 as a nonprofit, international organization for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange and is a private foundation, as allowed for under section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. P.E.A.C.E., Inc. as designated by the United State Department of State/Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs.
Governments around the world have supported the concept of international youth exchange since its inception shortly after WWII. Designed to begin healing the wounds of the war by the interchange of Japanese, German, and American teenagers, the concept was such a success that it spread worldwide. Since cultural exchanges are an official part of U.S. foreign policy, sponsoring agencies are directly regulated by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (BECA), Department of State, to insure the integrity of the programs with strict minimum standards of operating procedures and reporting. The J Exchange Program will assist in obtaining admittance into the United States.
A U.S. State Department Designated Program since 1990
Supervised by the Bureau of Educational And Cultural Affairs A 501 (c)3 IRS determined non-profit Organization since 1989