No, when you go on an exchange year with STS, we book all your travel. Then, as the departure date approaches, we will send you all your tickets. We will book your trip home only when your return trip is approaching.
Yes, no matter where you go, we have a local representative at your location. It is the local area representative who works to approve our host families, have contact with schools and will be your supporter and advisor during your exchange year.
The easiest way to apply is to visit the page of your favourite destination and click the "Apply now" button. Your application is not binding, and you make your final decision once you have been accepted.