WeExchange is a global charity initiative for exchange students studying abroad to donate used goods & supplies to their host city's local charity. We minimize waste, provide to those in need, and give back to our host cities.

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OUR MISSION

  1. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: MINIMIZE WASTE.

  2. SOCIAL IMPACT: PROVIDE TO THOSE IN NEED.

  3. PERSONAL IMPACT: GIVE BACK TO YOUR HOST CITY.

WeExchange is a global charity initiative for exchange students to donate used goods & supplies at the end of their semester abroad to a local charity. 

THE ISSUE

Exchange students buy living supplies for 3-5 months abroad then dispose of supplies

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Number of exchange students at the university

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Number of universities

globally

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Significant waste created

OUR STRATEGY
  1. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: We minimize waste by rerouting used goods from potential disposal. By aggregating the donation days, we also save on environmental emissions.

  2. SOCIAL IMPACT: We provide these donations to a local charity to help people in need: clothing, kitchen supplies, blankets, appliances, furniture, packaged food, etc.

  3. PERSONAL IMPACT: Students make a positive impact for their host cities while working and giving together.

HOW IT WORKS

WeExchange helps Head Students organize a Donation Day towards the end of the semester to collect the used goods and supplies and transport them to the local charity of choice.

OUR TEAM

Katya Berezovskaia

Founder

Special thank you to:

Evan Naylor, Design

Celine Maasland

COO

WEEXCHANGE ORIGINS

WeExchange started as Bocconi Gives Back in May 2019 as a charity initiative at Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy by Katya Berezovskaia and Julia Larkomaa, exchange students from Canada and Finland, with ESN Bocconi. 

We encountered two issues as we packed up our semester abroad:

1) Everything will not fit in our suitcases...

2) What do we do with it?

After speaking with friends, they had the same issue as well - as did the other 900 exchange students at the university that semester.

And so, in between a girls trip to Portugal and the final day of exams, Bocconi Gives Back was created. It was enormously successful - students were happy free up suitcase space and give their belongings a new use, while a local Milanese charity received clothes, kitchen supplies, appliances, furniture and packaged food.

Imagine all of the used goods and supplies thrown out every single semester, three times per year from over 900 exchange students. Consider the impact of rerouting this "waste" to those in need at universities around the world. This is the value of WeExchange.

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