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Things to Read: Learn More About Exchange As Your Exchange Experience Begins

magical looking book with faraway places in the pages

Students will be arriving soon for their exchange year around the world. Many have already arrived and in some places, they have started their school year. Perhaps you as a host family are taking a vacation before your student arrives and need something to read on the road. Perhaps your student has arrived and you […]

Tips For New Host Families: Make it a Mix of Rules … and Fun!

word home on wall with butterfly

This is part 3 in our series on host family tips; part 1 is about contacting your student before arrival and part 2 talks about a few thoughts about pre-arrival preparation. Today we’ll share a few thoughts on setting expectations when your student arrives. “Expectations” includes both the do’s and don’ts as well as fun […]

Tips For New Host Families: Pre-Arrival Preparation

This is part 2 in our series on host family tips; here is last week’s tip. Today, let’s think about some preparation ideas for before your exchange student arrives. Here are a few suggestions that have worked for our host families.Set Up The BedroomYou do not need to remodel or get new furniture, but you […]

Tips for New Host Families: First, Contact Your Student

Messages flying from mailbox

It amazes us every year to see the lengths that families go to welcome their students: taking them on excursions around the community, showing them the local high school, and just spending time with them. We’re always in awe with how much people are willing to do! Bringing a student into the host family home, however, […]

Direct Placements for Exchange Students: Plan in Advance!

someone writing my plan in a notebook

A few years back, I did a blog post on the pros and cons of direct placements. These are exchange student placements in which the student or his/her family back home knows the host family in the host country, and they request that the student be placed in that family. Today’s post is a companion […]

Take the Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student

father and son walking towards beach

edit NoteWe hear many misperceptions regarding host family expectations, so we thought it was time to revisit this issue. There are many reasons why Americans host teens from other countries. Hosting a student provides an opportunity to learn about another culture. Moreover, people everywhere are proud of their culture and their country, and want to […]

Recognizing Our Schools For Dedication to Exchange

I had the honor recently to be able to give special thanks to two of the school districts in which we place and work with exchange students.The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. This year, […]

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