Greetings from Petaluma, California!

Traveling Group
  • Steve Retired (67)
  • Renee Director of Implementations & Services (56)
  • Sienna Student - 10th grade (17)
  • Bryn Environmental science (26)


Preferred Exchanges

  • Open to Any Destination
  • Spain

    June 8 — August 15, 2015 These dates are flexible

    We're looking for a simultaneous exchange for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks sometime between Mid-June and mid-August, 2015.

  • Colorado, USA

    June 8 — August 15, 2015 These dates are flexible

  • Utah, USA

    June 8 — August 15, 2015 These dates are flexible

  • Bali, Indonesia

    June 8 — August 15, 2015 These dates are flexible


  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Rafting/Boating
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Kite Surfing/Wind Surfing
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Culinary Travel
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Theater/Cinema
Especially Passionate About

New experiences

Our passion is simply to experience as much about life and the lives that people live while we have the opportunity to do so. While a trip to Paris or to the Cote d'azur is always a truly wonderful experience for many reasons, odysseys to remote villages on Crete or to temples in interior Thailand are of equal interest to us. This summer, we are traveling to Greece for an expatriate American relative's art exhibit, and we thought a vacation somewhere in continental Europe would provide us with a great anchor for our summer get-away. Just as important, we cherish the thought that we can provide some other family in Europe an opportunity to experience a slice of life of the people here in Northern California.

Vacation Type

Exchange Reviews

August - August 2014

What a wonderful time we had in Renee and Steve's ...

Famille Donnadieu-Gamet
Famille Donnadieu-Gamet said

What a wonderful time we had in Renee and Steve's house. The house is beautiful, from the outside, and from the inside. It's large, very confortable, very homey, and we immediately felt at home. We also enjoyed spending time in the garden, in the sun or in the shade. Petaluma is a nice little town, 45 minutes from San Francisco. It's a great home base to discover San Francisco but also Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and the beautiful north California Coast. Renne and Steve had very well prepared the exchange. They had prepared some very useful maps and guide books for us. We couldn't have expected more. This trip will have a special place in our memory. Our only regret is that we didn't get a chance to meet our host family.

Steve  Renee and Sienna
What we said about Famille Donnadieu-Gamet's house:

What a great experience! We spent 3 weeks in an exchange with Famille Donnadieu-Gamet and we have nothing but positive things to say about our experience. The view of all the iconic buildings of Paris are fully visible from their wall-to-wall windows, giving us an excellent way to better understand the layout of Paris and chart our daily excursions. To top it off, we would watch the Eiffel Tower light up at the top of each hour for a dazzling display. The apartment was very clean, thoughtfully appointed, and efficient with plenty of room for our 3-person family - with an extra bedroom to spare. The family could not have been more accommodating, providing us with ideas before we arrived and then the use of maps and other information once we were there. In fact, even though we never physically met, we felt we had made good friends with our exchange family from Paris. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this apartment and this family for any exchange.