The mission of 365 Exchange is to help you make this dream come true!
We help young student athletes to spend a year at a high school in the United States to play sports and study. The American school system is very different from Europe. Study and sports are combined and the competition of your sport takes place between schools.
Study and sports are closely linked. To be able to train and play games with your school team, you have to show sufficient commitment and performance in high school. After a year of high school, you may be able to play for a college or university.
What can you expect from us?
We arrange your entire year and will provide you and your parents with all the information and practical matters. You will be looked after before departure but also when you are in America, both by the school, your host family and we will regularly check how you are doing.
We distinguish the following steps:
We conduct an exploratory conversation with athletes and parents. We have a handy overview of accommodation, insurance and costs.
School and residence
We look for a suitable school and possible host families. We also facilitate online contact with the school.
We arrange the papers: school, visa, insurance and ticket. You will also get a contact person in NL. To ensure that you can start as fit as possible, you will also receive a personal trainen in NL.
During your stay
We provide a contact person in America and help you with the follow-up process (college/university)
Meet the team
My name is Tarek Jong. I am 25 years old, grew up in Lelystad, and studied account management. At the age of 10, I came in contact with one of the smallest sports in the Netherlands: American Football. After high school, I was ready for a new challenge in order to develop further on a personal level as well as in the sport that I play with such passion.
I decided to set my sights on America. The country where American Football is big and where you are enormously stimulated in the area of sports as well as school or education. This appeals to me personally very much. I had a great high school year and lived with a nice host family with whom I still have regular contact.
At that time, five years ago, there was no organization that could support me well enough to realize my dream of combining sports and high school. After returning to the Netherlands, I decided to set up something myself in order to support others. A platform that makes it a lot easier for young people like me to take the step to America. Many young people and their parents, like me at the time, do not have the right knowledge, good contacts, or financial means.
My name is Oseanu Doorn. I am 27 years old, I was born in Blaricum, and I have completed my education in International Business Management. I love soccer and you can find me on and around the field since I was 9 years old.
Tarek and I met through our work. His story about America and his enthusiasm for the American school system really appealed to me. He suggested that we can start a platform together for young student athletes who want to pursue their career in America. I was immediately enthusiastic because I think it is important that young people get opportunities in sports, in the Netherlands and abroad. We have the same ideas, passion for sports and make a good team. This is how the idea of 365 Exchange came about.
My name is Ellery Batta and I am 32 years old. After my MBO 4 training as a sports instructor, I have been working as a sports instructor with the Air Force since 2007. Socializing with friends is very important to me and in my spare time, I am involved in sports and sports activities. My favorite sports are baseball, fitness, martial arts, and snowboarding.
With my knowledge and experience as a personal trainer, I would like to make young sportsmen and sportswomen top fit, who will get a chance via 365 Exchange to practice their sport at a higher level in the United States. As a sports instructor within the Ministry of Defence, I am involved in coaching and training military soldiers on a daily basis. Together with my colleagues, we ensure that the military soldiers are fit for action through sports such as running, swimming, golf, archery, and obstacle courses.
My main goal for the athletes of 365 Exchange is to prepare them physically and mentally for the step they are going to take towards top sport in the United States. I would like to contribute to their success. Recognizing the talents of young athletes is very important. I then provide customized services to convert their talent into sports performance.
My name is Noach Blyden. I live in Amsterdam, I am 29 years old and a certified personal trainer as well as a professional athlete. In my spare time, I mainly enjoy running, fitness, kickboxing, making music and reading. Sport is an important outlet for me and in music and lyrics, I can express my feelings. I love to develop myself and others.
As a professional athlete, I know all the ins and outs of the top-class sport and the mindset required to reach a high level. Not only the physical part is important. Many athletes have certain mental blocks. Thanks to my own experiences, I think I can properly guide young athletes who want to achieve their goals through 365 Exchange. To get to know themselves better and especially to set goals so they can fully focus on them and want to go for it.
Using my knowledge and expertise, I want to help young people realize their sports dreams. In addition to going international, in the next 5 years my goal is to help at least 100 student athletes with their exchange to the United States.
I would like to contribute to the goals of 365 Exchange and support these young sportsmen and women to be professional in their sport and study.