July 16, 2020

It’s been a crazy week in the world of international education.The Bad NewsThe Trump administration’s policy announcement from June 23, 2020, regarding the suspension of international short-term work-related exchange programs remains in effect. The visas that are included in the suspension affects those covering internship, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, and summer work travel

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June 24, 2020

The White House issued an Executive Order this past Monday (June 22nd) suspending entry into the U.S. through the end of 2020 for anyone participating in a number of international short-term work-related exchange programs. While the EO does not directly affect high school exchange students, it is worth a quick review to understand what it

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May 18, 2020

Yesterday my trusty calendar reminded me about an event that would have taken place in another world … in the world as we knew it before Covid-19. I sat there for a minute staring at that popup on my laptop, remembering that world.In that other universe, we would have had our exchange student group “farewell”

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April 30, 2020

We have a different sort of post today, given our current lives.Placing Bets on the FutureWe’re all placing bets on the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic … in our personal lives, our jobs, and our financial situations. We all want to know whether the emergency will fade away in a few months, or whether it

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April 5, 2020

The link below is to a podcast that is worth listening to. It’s not directly about international education or exchange students, but indirectly I think it’s relevant. It’s certainly food for thought. There have been so many debates over the past weeks about why some of the U.S. high school exchange programs chose to return

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March 21, 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, many exchange students’ families have been asking our exchange program (and others) to make arrangements for their son or daughter to return home. At first it was a trickle, as people here in the U.S. thought schools might only be closed for a couple of weeks. Then schools began

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February 18, 2020

The second half of the exchange year is the perfect time for exchange students and host families to enjoy the relationship that has been developing for 4-6 months. I am seeing that in most of my students when I have talked to them over the past month; as one of my students said the other

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December 27, 2019

The “matching” of an exchange student with his or her host family is a key factor in the likely success of student’s exchange year in the U.S., and program coordinators around the country take the process seriously. This isn’t a 2-3 week vacation visitor, after all. It’s a person who will live in your home for

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