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An Exchange Mom Video Minute: The Holidays

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As a host family, are you thinking about the holidays with your student? As a student, are you wondering what the holidays will be like in your host country? This is our first video in our “Exchange Mom Minute” series. We hope to have many more…we’ll see what we can do in between the rest […]

Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of an Exchange Coordinator

People who are involved with hosting exchange students — whether it be as a host family, student, parent back home, teacher or counselor at school — know the basic rule that their coordinator will be contacting them by phone or in person at least once every month. It’s right there in the regulations. Sometimes, it really […]

Thought for Today: It’s the Little Things That Matter

Sharing about what’s going on in your life is as important for host families as it is for exchange students. What can you share with each other about your day? It doesn’t have to be an earth-shattering or jaw-dropping story…share the little things, too! It’s what makes families … families.

Dear Host Parents, This is Why I Call Every Month: A Note From Your Exchange Coordinator

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The  single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw Today’s post describes a not-uncommon situation many coordinators face with new host families. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear New Host Parents, As you know, I am the local representative for your exchange student program. I know you are excited to […]

Communicating is Even More Important Than You Think

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One of the hardest things an exchange student or a host family may face is sharing information that might result in the student moving to a new family. We are talking about real life things. Things like a host parent or sibling being very ill. A host parent losing his or her job. Students discovering […]

The Tree of Language

Trees are a fascinating way to show relationships between languages. Minna Sundberg, a Finnish illustrator, used a tree very effectively to show how major European and many Eastern languages can be grouped into families. The whole image is dotted with languages, with bigger leaves representing those with the most native speakers. If you look at […]

Superstitions: Our Strange Beliefs

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We often find ourselves stopping while we are talking to an exchange student in our group and asking, “do you know what I mean by what I just said? When I say “knocking on wood,” does that mean anything to you?” It’s really easy to just use terms like that and continue on with whatever […]

The House I Loved: Can A Book Transport You Through Time?

For readers who might be interested, here’s a link to my Goodreads review of Tatiana de Rosnay’s The House I Loved. I don’t normally write about history or fiction, but this book moved me to write down some thoughts.  It’s a story of Paris in the 1860s, and obviously not directly related to travel, international […]

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