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Exchange Students and Activities Outside the Classroom

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We’re always urging our exchange students to “do” some kind of extracurricular activity — something outside their regular school classes. It almost doesn’t matter what the activity is; it can be sports, band, choir, a dance class, martial arts, or some sort of volunteer activity in the community. It can be something that already interests […]

Learning Through Others: Another Reason to Host

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Why should you host an exchange student? Because sharing your life will teach someone else about who you are and brings us all closer together, a little at a time. Because few experiences can teach you – and your children — the small but critical differences between cultures as living with someone from another country. […]

Exchange Student Stories: Born in Austria, But Lost My Heart in Ireland

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We coordinators are always promoting the exchange experience, of course . . . but shouldn’t we sometimes hear from our students and families? So for today, we thought we would share a few examples of what students themselves say about their exchange in another country. “Born in Austria, But I Lost My Heart in Ireland […]

Gift Ideas for Exchange Students and Host Families

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We’re deep now in the holiday season, and it’s a great time to think about gifts for family members. Here are five of our thoughts for gift ideas for students to give to families or for host families to give to their students. Note: We receive small amounts of compensation from purchases made through some […]

Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our exchange students and host families in the U.S.! We love hearing the excitement in students’ voices when they tell us about their Thanksgiving holiday experience with their host families — meeting host family members, sharing in their host family’s traditions (and of course eating too much…). It makes us […]

Send Us Your Exchange Stories

Dear friends, We would like to include on this website from time to time people’s own stories about cultural exchange, both from students’ and families’ point of view. We’re not just looking for families and students to tell us this was the best experience they have ever had. We know you can get that elsewhere, […]

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