Who are we?

Ergon is an Italian-based organization, arranging high school student exchanges between Italy and schools in Washington and Oregon for a school semester or year. Ergon works in partnership with a nonprofit US organization officially designated by the U.S. Information Agency to sponsor foreign exchange students studying in the United States and listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel – CSIET.

For several years we focused on the Greater Seattle area, a city that combines a unique nature with an advanced and progressive culture. Following an increasing demand by Italian students we have recently extended our program to two other very interesting cities, Portland and Eugene in the Oregon.

Like Seattle, Portland and Eugene are very attractive cities for young people because of their proximity to an array of outdoor activities, such as skiing, biking, and hiking, and cultural amenities. Portland is the cultural center of Oregon while Eugene boasts a major university.