September 2, 2021

”We are currently hosting an exchange student. We are not enjoying it. The student is not as she described herself in her application. There are so many problems and we can’t even talk to her now. Our home feels awkward and we are anxious for her to leave. What can we do? Are we crazy

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August 24, 2021

What are the most widely spoken languages in the world? We shared a while back an infographic showing the 10 most widely spoken languages; now we have one showing the top 100. While many people might be able to guess that English, Chinese, and Spanish are among the top spoken languages, there are probably some

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July 16, 2021

In the past few days our organization’s first group of students have arrived around the U.S. into the waiting arms of excited host families. Seeing all of the student arrival posts has made me incredibly happy … and very sad. The districts in our own region have pretty universally opted to not accept exchange students

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May 14, 2021

Infographics are always a fun and useful way to summarize a few quick facts visually — for many people, it’s an easier way to absorb information. That’s why we sometimes like to mix things up here at The Exchange Mom, by using visuals such as the one below.  So here are a few such quick

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May 2, 2021

Readers may already know that we have an affiliate shop at Bookshop, the online bookstore with a mission to financially support local independent bookstores.  We believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading

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April 1, 2021

Do you know which are the most widely spoken languages in the world? You might be able to guess at one or two of them . . . but maybe you would guess wrong! I thought this infographic from the Visual Capitalist was worth sharing.You can find more information about this infographic at The World’s

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March 23, 2021

It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 to be a pandemic and schools in the U.S. began to shut down. By the end of March, our program had arranged travel home for almost all of our program’s exchange students in the U.S. That by itself was an immense challenge, and it

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March 17, 2021

We all love St. Patrick’s Day! It’s just a fun holiday. But do you know what we’re celebrating? St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Britain in the fifth century (which was under Roman rule), he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave as a teenager. He escaped, but then

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