The Exchange Mom

Your Path to Successful High School Cultural Exchange

We’ve had many great experiences as host parents and as exchange coordinators, and have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. We can help host families, students, and parents back home have a successful year!

Lately on the Blog:

Getting to Know You: Ten Topics Exchange Students and Host Families Can and Should Talk About
As the year begins, there are many things exchange students need to know in order to adapt to and fit[...]
Things to Read: Learn More About Exchange As Your Exchange Experience Begins
Students will be arriving soon for their exchange year around the world. Many have already arrived and in some places,[...]
Tips For New Host Families: Make it a Mix of Rules … and Fun!
This is part 3 in our series on host family tips; part 1 is about contacting your student before arrival[...]

What Readers Have Found Valuable:

Take the Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student
edit NoteWe hear many misperceptions regarding host family expectations, so we thought it was time to revisit this issue. There[...]
Hosting If You Don’t Have Children: Why Not?
An acquaintance asked me recently, “what is it like to host an exchange student if you don’t have any children[...]
We Would Love to Host an Exchange Student, But Our Children Are Too Young – True or False?
Potential host families have a number of initial reactions when approached about international youth exchange and the idea of hosting[...]

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Laura and Mark

The Exchange Mom and Exchange Dad

About the Exchange Mom and Dad

Laura Kosloff and Mark Trexler brought their first foreign exchange student (from Spain) into their home in Portland, Oregon in 2003. Since then, they have hosted over a dozen students from countries around the world. As regional coordinators for one of the largest J-1 exchange organizations operating in the U.S., they mentor and oversee dozens of students and their host families every year.

You've been amazing to work with this year! You answered all our questions, and anticipated our questions even before we thought of them!

Andi G.

You are probably the best source of info we’ve found ...

Thanks for your response on the differences between F-1 and J-1 visas for high school students. You are probably the best source of info we’ve found on this complicated issue.

John T.

I really appreciate the way that you share information

I really appreciate the way that you share information and always have good information regardless of the question. Your grace and calmness inspire me every time I'm around you or see something that you've written.

Joy B.

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