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:

Smooth Sailing for the Rest of the Exchange Year, Or …?
The second half of the exchange year is the perfect time for exchange students and host families to enjoy the[...]
Host Family Decisions: Choosing a Student
The “matching” of an exchange student with his or her host family is a key factor in the likely success[...]
Host Family Decisions: Choosing an Exchange Program
Families have different reasons for why they choose to host. Reasons include a desire to expose one’s children to other[...]

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 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.

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