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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December 16, 2019

Families have different reasons for why they choose to host. Reasons include a desire to expose one’s children to other cultures, building long-term relationships, changing the dynamics of children’s relationships in the family, and learning how to prepare for when your own kids become teenagers. Welcoming an international student into your home can spark your

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November 7, 2019

We just wanted to share this great video about one of the amazing exchange students we worked with last year. Malina’s enthusiasm and sense of adventure are why it’s so much fun to work with exchange students. Want one of your own for next year? We can’t give you Malina — she’s been here already,

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September 12, 2019

As the year begins, there are many things exchange students need to know in order to adapt to and fit in with their host family. Most students will have been to an orientation in their home country before leaving for their exchange, but it’s impossible to remember or cover everything. In the U.S., exchange students have

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August 20, 2019

Students will be arriving soon for their exchange year around the world. Many have already arrived and in some places, they have started their school year. Perhaps you as a host family are taking a vacation before your student arrives and need something to read on the road. Perhaps your student has arrived and you

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August 7, 2019

This is part 3 in our series on host family tips; part 1 is about contacting your student before arrival and part 2 talks about a few thoughts about pre-arrival preparation. Today we’ll share a few thoughts on setting expectations when your student arrives. “Expectations” includes both the do’s and don’ts as well as fun

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