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The Best Websites for Pen Pals

by Didem Tali

Having a pen pal is an ideal way to get to know people from all over the world without leaving home. You might become long-term friends through email or snail-mail correspondence. People willing to share their slices of the world with you wait for you to initiate contact. With many websites, you may initiate the first contact with prospective pen pals and exchange postal mail.

International Pen Friends

Founded in 1967, International Pen Friends has more than 300,000 members in 192 countries as of press time. You can apply to be a part of this pen-pal-finding service on its website for a fee, listing personal details such as your hobbies and location to be matched with an appropriate pen pal. If you want to practice your language skills, it is possible to find English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian pen pals.

The Penpal World Around You

Penpal World offers a free service where you can meet more than 1.5 million pen pals from around the world. Through this service, you browse through the profiles of potential pen pals depending on their ages, hobbies or locations. The initial correspondence with your pen pal takes place over the website, which means your postal address is not shared publicly. It is possible to upgrade to a paid VIP service, which allows you to write to up to 50 members each day.

League of Extraordinary Pen Pals (LEPP)

LEPP was founded in February 2013 with the aim of rejuvenating the tradition of letter writing and connecting letter lovers in a creative way. Despite being a new platform, LEP received great attention from the press and has been featured in international publications. It is a fast-growing, international online community of people who love writing letters. It is possible to connect to other members for a nominal monthly fee.

Free to Be InterPals

Created in 1998, InterPals is a large international online community with the mission of helping people meet friends from all over the world for free. At InterPals, fill out a highly detailed profile listing your interests, hobbies and requirements from pen pals, and post photos. Thanks to the built-in messaging system of the website, you may start to get to know your pen pal before exchanging personal details such as emails and postal addresses.

About the Author

Didem Tali is an award-winning journalist whose work was commissioned by BBC, Deutsche Welle, Irish Times. New Internationalist, Southeast European Times and others. She holds a master's degree in media, communication and development from the London School of Economics.

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