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:

Trump Administration Announces Visa Restrictions
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Will Exchange Students Return This Fall?
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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 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.

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.

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