You can go whenever it suits you! After year 9, to continue high school with the same class, or as a break between your first or second year of high school – as long as you are the right age in the country to which you want to travel.
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.