Laura Kosloff
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“Exchange is not a Year in a Life, but a Life in a Year” — The Year Ends, and the Life Begins

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There is a saying in the international exchange community, “exchange is not a year in one’s life, but a life in a year.”  Between late May through the end of June, the students who have been on their exchange for a semester or for a full academic year are beginning to return to their home […]

Did You Know There Are Multiple Kinds of Visas for Exchange Students?

Recently, a woman approached me expressing an interest in hosting an exchange student in her family.  She had first asked the school near where she lived if they had exchange students she could host, and the school referred her to me.  She didn’t understand why I was involved; she seemed to think I worked for […]

Africa, the U.S., and High School Cultural Exchange Programs – What’s Missing?

Visiting my son Marcus during his six months in Ghana (part of his gap year between high school and college), has been an eye-opening experience, one that has raised fundamental questions about where we stand when it comes to achieving the goals of exchange programs aimed at young adults like Marcus. When it comes to […]

Preparing to Go Home at the End of Your Exchange Year: The Beginning of the End – or just the Beginning?

In my last blog post, I talked about the difficult feelings my students have at this time of year as they begin to realize their exchange year is almost over.  They are anxious, happy, and sad; they are looking forward to being back home over the summer and miss their parents and friends, but they […]

Tips for Exchange Students – I’m Ready to Go Home, I’m not Ready to Go Home

At this time of year, my students begin to feel …. strange.  They have been in the U.S. for almost 9 months, and have 2 months to go before they go back to …. well, what? That is the question; they don’t really know what  will be waiting for them when they return. They miss […]

Top 10 Questions About Hosting Exchange Students

I get quite a few questions at this time of year about what are the expectations for a family looking to host a high school exchange student.  So I thought it might be the right time to go over some of those questions. How long is the typical exchange experience for students? High school students […]

Why You Should Host an Exchange Student – Yes, You!

“International exchanges are not a great tide to sweep away all differences, but they will slowly wear away at the obstacles to peace as surely as water wears away a hard stone.” – Former President George H.W. Bush This time of year, the 100 or so high school exchange student programs in the U.S. are […]