I received an email today from a German friend I made through Irish Penpals about seven years ago. She and I started writing when her daughter was nine; the girl is now 16.
I made another friend in England, and we've been writing since her son was 16. He's now in his early 20s. This friend and I exchange Christmas and birthday presents every year. We've also exchanged books, and she made a tape of a Steve Coogan show for me that somehow got destroyed by the postal service.
One of the perks of Irish Penpals is that you can indicate the sex and approximate age of a friend you'd like to make.
A guy from Florida wrote to the site's founder, Michael Green, to say that he'd met his wife, a German woman, through the program.
It's fun, it's free, and you have nothing to lose. Take a look.