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:

Exchange Student Stories: Born in Austria, But Lost My Heart in Ireland
We coordinators are always promoting the exchange experience, of course . . . but shouldn’t we sometimes hear from our[...]
Coming to America: Finding Your Niche as an Exchange Student
Just wanted to share this nice story about one of our current exchange students living here in Oregon that recently[...]
Gift Ideas for Exchange Students and Host Families
We’re deep now in the holiday season, and it’s a great time to think about gifts for family members. Here[...]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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