Who is it for? - For teachers of all subjects and levels and students joining under the supervision of a teacher
Connect with other global colleagues
Incorporate penpal into global studies and projects
Free, available worldwide
Promote your penpal project to teachers and students from different countries
Design special penpal exchange activities with the end goal of cultural exchange, book publishing, or fundraising for a cause
Options available to make the exchange public or private
Auto-match host and guest students
Exhange hosting fee + One time application fee
Join exchanges hosted by other teachers and students
Free OR participation fee charged by hosts
An exchange on Storypal is an online global exchange framework developed by the Storypal team with feedback from teachers and students.
It helps members interested in global communication and collaboration share and participate in each other’s projects. Members can introduce a project in an exchange as hosts or support a project as guests of the exchange. Exchanges have clear goals and a set timeline.
By proposing an exchange, the member becomes an exchange owner once their exchange is approved by a Storypal Exchange supporter. An exchange owner can manage the activities of the hosts and guests of the exchange. The Storypal team does its utmost best to monitor the exchanges and keep the community safe and educational; however, the exchange owner is ultimately responsible for guiding exchange contents and activities.
Any active members on Storypal can propose an exchange. An active member means that the member has not been reported by other users or judged by the Storypal team as a threat to the community safety.
Storypal community encourages a variety of projects.
To facilitate easier communication between the project hosts and guests, Storypal exchanges are categoried into three groups: classic penpal projects, social cause projects, and creative projects. This gives the community freedom to cover an array of topics that are important to them and more easily find partners.
The exchange owner who creates the exchange originally will pay the hosting fee and the application fee.
Currently, the application fee is $50 and the exchange hosting fee is as follows:
- Student capacity up to 10 : $1.25 / week
- Student capacity up to 50: $5 / week
- Student capacity up to 100: $9 / week
- Student capacity up to 200: $15 / week
- Student capacity up to 300: $20 / week
- Please email us at [email protected] if you need a bigger student capacity
For example, if the exchange owner plans to host an exchange for less than 10 penpals for 4 weeks, the hosting fee is
$5 ($1.25 per/week x 4 weeks). The total the exchange owner pays is $55 (hosting fee $5 + application fee $50).
If the proposal is rejected the hosting fee $5 is refunded. The application fee $50 is nonrefundable because each
application is reviewed and provided with a feedback by a verified Storypal Exchange Supporter. So please review your
draft carefully before you request a review!
If the exchange proposal is rejected, the hosting fee will be refunded. The application fee $50 is not refundable. We have a designated exchange supporter who reviews each proposal submitted. The application fee enables Storypal to provide the service.
Your proposal should include the following details:
1. Strong welcoming message that includes a good summary of the project
2. Clear outline of exchange timeline and what hosts and guests are expected to do
3. Clear topics and goals
Storypal charges the exchange owner for two reasons.
The first is because this helps the community know that the host is serious about their commitment to lead and contribute to the global communication and collaboration.
The second is because Storypal approves or rejects exchange proposals with the help of professionals who ensure the contents are appropriate and provide support to the exchange hosts if needed. The Storypal team and community are committed to sharing and delivering valuable global connections and friendships for mutual growth. Proposals are read and edited by the Storypal exchange supporter to ensure both hosts and guests have the best experience on the site.