United States of America (2017)

This recommendation is long overdue: I lived in Cape Town for three months in the winter of 2017, and XChange South Africa helped me with every step of becoming comfortable, settled, and welcomed to the city. XChange located housing within my price range, in a neighborhood that fit my personal and professional life, and close to accessible and affordable public transit. The director of XChange communicated with me before my travel from the US to ZA, promptly responding to all questions and concerns; she was also very easy to work with when it came to payment and banking matters. The director picked me up from the airport, welcomed me into her home, provided me with materials and maps about the city, and drove me to get settled into my housing unit the next day. Finally, she and her daughter have become very close friends whom I love to catch up with, and I greatly anticipate visiting again in the near future.--They introduced me to like-minded people in the city, attended hiking trips in and around Cape Town, and periodically checked in to see if I needed anything. Could not recommend more highly!