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, […]

The Hard Part: Getting Involved and Making Friends

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We’ve written before about challenges our exchange students face in the beginning of the year; see, for example, this blog post. It’s that time of year again. Exchange students have been in their communities and schools long enough for life to feel almost ‘normal’ — but they still worry about making friends, about how they […]

What We’ve Been Up To Lately

In our other lives, the Exchange Mom and Exchange Dad are an environmental lawyer and a consultant working on climate change issues. In the past couple of months, we’ve been busy creating new websites for our business . . . as a staff of two with no outside employees, we’re the definition of “small company,” […]

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