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Exchange Student Stories: Another Reason Why We Love Our Students

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, […]

Tips For New Host Families: Pre-Arrival Preparation

This is part 2 in our series on host family tips; here is last week’s tip. Today, let’s think about some preparation ideas for before your exchange student arrives. Here are a few suggestions that have worked for our host families.Set Up The BedroomYou do not need to remodel or get new furniture, but you […]

Why Host an Exchange Student (or is Technology Enough?)

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This time of year, high school exchange student programs in the U.S. are seeking host families for the coming academic year. You may have seen posts on Facebook, read flyers in your local coffee shop, or visited an exchange organization’s booth at a local community event. Your thoughts might be “what a cool idea!,” or perhaps […]

Injuries and Illness While on an Exchange: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Last year, one of the exchange students in our group had to return home to Norway two months before the end of the exchange year due to illness. Potential host parents ask us questions about this kind of thing: what happens if students get sick while they are here? Do I as a host parent […]

Reading Resource Update: Good Blog Article

Came across a blog post today I thought my readers might like to see: 8 Things I’ve learned as an Exchange Student Host Parent I especially like #1; it’s exactly why we decided to host high school students when our boys were 9 and 11. But the other items on her list all hit home […]

Why Would I Want to Host *That* Student . . . He’s So . . . Different!

Why people choose or don’t choose certain students, once they have made the decision to host an exchange student, is an intensely personal decision. People are bringing a foreign teen into their family for a semester or academic year, which is hard enough. We coordinators work hard to make good “matches,” trying to figure out […]

“Exchange is not a Year in a Life, but a Life in a Year” — The Year Ends, and the Life Begins

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There is a saying in the international exchange community, “exchange is not a year in one’s life, but a life in a year.”  Between late May through the end of June, the students who have been on their exchange for a semester or for a full academic year are beginning to return to their home […]

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