Company History

With over half a million participants each year, the Student Letter Exchange is the world’s largest Pen Pal organization. It dates to 1936, when its founder, a teacher, wanted to add spark to his classroom. He decided that students writing students from other countries could stimulate learning and curiosity, as well as a better understanding between cultures.

Establishing Pen Pal Relationships is not only a great learning tool, it is a time proven, fun, and innovative way to become more educated about other cultures, practice communication skills, learn foreign languages, start a stamp collection, or just make a friend from a far away place.

The Exchange is an international matchmaker linking over 500,000 students over 100 countries throughout the world each year, some of whom stay in continuous correspondence with their Pen Pals all their adult life!