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Graphic: Global Exchange logo

PW Global Exchange

Every three years, a group of Presbyterian Women travels to another part of the world to learn about the lives of women in that part of the world and to share faith stories and ministries with each other. It is a global exchange because, the following year, a group of women from the same part of the world is invited to attend the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women to tell their stories to their North American sisters.

Learn about the Global Exchange logo.

Indonesia map2017 Global Exchange to Indonesia

Building Bridges of Understanding

The 2017 Global Exchange will take a group of U.S. Presbyterian women to Indonesia, September 12–29, 2017. Guided by Romans 1:12 (“. . . so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine”) participants will learn how to live respectfully in a multifaith culture and encourage and accompany one another as together they seek a more peaceful and just world. This fact-finding, relationship-building program will include one woman from each synod, who, following the trip, will share what she experienced with her synod. The application window has closed, but a participant listing and other information will be available soon. For additional information, contact PW’s associate for mission at 502/569-5402 or by email.

The U.S. women will be available to speak in their synods about the trip upon their return, and the January/February 2018 issue of Horizons will detail the trip. Indonesian women will complete the “exchange” part of the trip by attending the 2018 PW Gathering. Stay tuned for additional information.

Brief History of the PW Global Experiences

Global experiences began as a program of United Presbyterian Women. When United Presbyterian Women and Women of the Church merged in 1988 to become Presbyterian Women, international experiences continued as the Global Exchange program. Previous destinations were:

  • 1973 Central Europe
  • 1974 India and Nepal, emphasis — hunger
  • 1977 Asian Encounter (Japan, Taiwan, Korea,Philippines)
  • 1980 Asian Rim
  • 1981 Las Americas Unidas (Central America)
  • 1984 South Africa, emphasis — apartheid
  • 1987 China
  • 1988 Presbyterian Women is formed. The Global Exchange concept and practice begins.
  • 1990 Australia, emphasis — indigenous people
  • 1993 Eastern Europe
  • 1996 Southeast Asia, emphasis — tourism and child prostitution
  • 1999 Middle East, emphasis — issue surrounding the welfare of women and children and understanding roles of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in the Middle Eastern world
  • 2002 Africa — Sisters Together: Listening With Our Hearts
  • 2005 Brazil — Caminhada: Walking Together in Mutual Love and Hope
  • 2008 Eastern Europe—Joined and Knit Together in Love
  • 2011 India—Greatly Honored Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice
  • 2014 Caribbean—One Heart, One Love, One Community

Concept Behind the Global Exchange Logo

The Presbyterian Women Global Exchange logo suggests

  • Latitudes, longitudes and points held in between
  • The compass rose
  • Movement from the inside to the outside, outside to inside
  • Colors of the earth, from desert to rainforest
  • A stamp in a passport
  • Not sitting comfortably, balanced on one spot


  • Hi Peter. Thanks for your question. Because of the dynamics and logistics of the Global Exchange, participants are women. At times male mission co-workers and staff have accompanied the group for aspects of particular trips, depending on mission assignments and expertise. by Susan Jackson Dowd on 03/03/2014 at 3:06 p.m.

  • Can men participate in these global experiences, such as the Caribbean Trip in November 2014? by Peter Mann on 02/25/2014 at 5:12 p.m.

  • Hi Jan! The payment schedule for the 2011 PW Global Exchange is $1,500 due by April 1, 2011; $1,500 due by May 15, 2011; and $2,000 due by July 15, 2011. I'm sending you the a copy of the PWS Treasurer's Procedures by e-mail. If you have further questions about the Global Exchange, please contact Kathy Reeves at Thanks! by Patricia Longfellow on 11/29/2010 at 11:15 a.m.

  • As Treasurer of PW in SOLT I would like to know when the 1st payment for the global exchange participant is due and in what amount. by Jan Palmer on 11/24/2010 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Yes, the application deadline has passed for the 2011 Global Exchange. We appreciate your interest in helping promote it. As you know, every three years, a group of Presbyterian women travels to another part of the world to hear the joys and pain that our sisters there experience, and to share faith stories and ministries with one another. The following year, a group of women from the same part of the world is invited to itinerate in synods and participate in the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women, to share their stories. The exchange is designed for women who are open, sensitive and adaptable to other cultures, work well with people of differing views, are able to handle rigorous schedules, willing to share the experience with others and are willing to raise funds for participation. The deadline for participant applications is on or before June 1 of the year before each Global Exchange. PW is engaged in reviewing and selecting participants at this time. You can look forward to meeting the 2011 participants, both PW and Global Exchange partners, at the 2012 Churchwide Gathering in Orlando, July 18–22. PW will begin promoting the 2014 trip in 2012. Watch for information in Horizons magazine, on the PW mission web pages and in the quarterly newsletter to PW leaders. In the meantime, watch for a participants listing in a yet-to-be-determined issue of Horizons magazine (late 2011/early 2012), and plan to invite one or more of the participants to your synod in 2012. To learn more, call the PW associate for mission at 502/569-5402. To subscribe to Horizons, call 866/802-3635. by Yvonne Hileman on 09/23/2010 at 3:28 p.m.