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.
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.
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!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and quick response! I think your suggestions will really help me put myself in the school's shoes and see their needs, too.
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