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Scaring Exchange Students Straight

“Scared straight” programs were encouraged in the U.S. in the 1970s as a way of deterring juvenile crime. The idea was to show kids what prison looks like, and maybe they’ll decide “that’s not where I want to be.” Taking high school exchange students to visit your local prison probably doesn’t serve much purpose. But […]

Highlight of the Week – Nationality Unknown

My feature highlight for this week is Nationality Unknown, a blog and Facebook page focusing on the feelings and emotions faced by exchange students, long-term travelers, and expats. Amarens describes herself as “a 19-year-old Dutch girl with a passion for traveling, photography and languages.” She did an exchange when she was 16 and wants to […]

So What Do We Talk About With Your Exchange Students At the Beginning of the Year?

Practical Tips for Host Families (and Students, Too!) The U.S. government requires that J-1 visa high school exchange students have both pre-departure and post-arrival orientations. These meetings cover U.S laws, program rules and regulations, expectations for behavior, how to ensure students’ health and safety, and practical tips for success. We’ve been having our post-arrival welcome […]

Mobile Phones and the Exchange Student: What’s the Answer?

The following blog post is an update from my blog post on this subject from last year. We get questions all the time on this subject, and I decided to do a quick update to reflect changes we have seen in technology and in student habits. The information below may not be news for everyone, […]

Study Abroad: Finally, Parents Are Now Part of the Picture

A Review of Berdan et al.’s A Parent Guide to Study Abroad High school exchange program coordinators talk about the needs of students and the needs of host families. Add in the needs, resources, and limitations of the schools we work with and you have a three-legged stool supporting a successful exchange year. But the […]

Thinking About Returning Home

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 […]

When is it Time to Say An Exchange Student Placement isn’t Working

Host families we have worked with and readers of our blog periodically ask us “I’ve tried and tried but I can’t make it work. What should I do? Should I give up?” When we’re asked that question as coordinators, we all tend to get a bit vague and have trouble answering the question. It makes […]

Second Half of the Exchange Year: No Problems, Right?

I wrote the post below at just about this time last year.  I’ve gone back to re-read it and it is so perfectly on-point for what we see that I’m re-posting it with only a few changes. I’ve talked to three students and host families in the past two weeks about issues that they have […]

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