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:

Study Another Language on Your Own? Why Not?
I keep telling everyone how useful it can be to learn another language. Actually, I’m not the only one .[...]
How to Save Money While Attending College in the U.S.
By Guest Author Tara Holland Every year the cost of attending college in the U.S. increases, even for U.S. residents.[...]
Exchange Students and Activities Outside the Classroom
We’re always urging our exchange students to “do” some kind of extracurricular activity — something outside their regular school classes.[...]

What Readers Have Found Most Valuable:

Host Family Tips: Before Your Student Arrives
June and July are strange times for those of us working with international students. Our students who have been here[...]
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 are always there when we've needed you ...

After going with another program this past year due to space availability at our school, we've come to realize what an amazing exchange coordinator you are. You are always there when we've needed you and you know all the right things to say and do with teenagers!

Sandy N.

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.

I've just found your very helpful blog ...

Hello from Australia! After sending all three of our children on exchange, we are now applying to host in 2019. I've just found your very helpful blog, so will be learning a lot from you I'm sure 😉

Thank you!
Lisa

Lisa M.

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