June 5, 2015

A statement from one of the exchange students in our NW Oregon group this year, as she thinks about returning home in just over a week…..: “I graduated from an American High School that became my family throughout this year. Many people say I went on a vacation. All of those people are wrong. What

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May 25, 2015

Or . . . Will Opportunities for Miscommunication Never End? Just a small thing I thought I would share today …. a reminder that the importance of asking questions in the cause of effective communication never goes away. A small thing, which will take longer in the telling than in the 30 seconds it took

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May 20, 2015

Host Families: Relax and be understanding, but don’t give up on your house rules 1. The second half of the exchange year is perfect time to relax with your student and enjoy the son/daughter relationship.  For these last few weeks, think about all that you have learned and how your life has changed. 2. At

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May 12, 2015

Those of us who work with high school exchange students generally encourage our students to sign up for a sport of some kind. It’s a great way to find some like-minded classmates especially at the beginning of the school year when the exchange students are feeling isolated, lonely, and wondering how they will make friends

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May 1, 2015

The article highlighted below, written by Patrick Stephenson, former speechwriter for the NATO secretary-general, is a good piece on the value of studying abroad in high school.  He touches on several topics I think important: Encouraging U.S. students to study abroad: critical, in my opinion, for all the other reasons mentioned below. Making study abroad

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