Laura Kosloff
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Trump Administration Announces Visa Restrictions

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The White House issued an Executive Order this past Monday (June 22nd) suspending entry into the U.S. through the end of 2020 for anyone participating in a number of international short-term work-related exchange programs. While the EO does not directly affect high school exchange students, it is worth a quick review to understand what it […]

Exchange Will Continue in a Post-Covid19 World

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Yesterday my trusty calendar reminded me about an event that would have taken place in another world … in the world as we knew it before Covid-19. I sat there for a minute staring at that popup on my laptop, remembering that world.In that other universe, we would have had our exchange student group “farewell” […]

Smooth Sailing for the Rest of the Exchange Year, Or …?

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The second half of the exchange year is the perfect time for exchange students and host families to enjoy the relationship that has been developing for 4-6 months. I am seeing that in most of my students when I have talked to them over the past month; as one of my students said the other […]

Host Family Decisions: Choosing a Student

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The “matching” of an exchange student with his or her host family is a key factor in the likely success of student’s exchange year in the U.S., and program coordinators around the country take the process seriously. This isn’t a 2-3 week vacation visitor, after all. It’s a person who will live in your home for […]

Host Family Decisions: Choosing an Exchange Program

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Families have different reasons for why they choose to host. Reasons include a desire to expose one’s children to other cultures, building long-term relationships, changing the dynamics of children’s relationships in the family, and learning how to prepare for when your own kids become teenagers. Welcoming an international student into your home can spark your […]

Exchange Student Stories: Another Reason Why We Love Our Students

We just wanted to share this great video about one of the amazing exchange students we worked with last year. Malina’s enthusiasm and sense of adventure are why it’s so much fun to work with exchange students. Want one of your own for next year? We can’t give you Malina — she’s been here already, […]

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