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Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of an Exchange Coordinator

People who are involved with hosting exchange students — whether it be as a host family, student, parent back home, teacher or counselor at school — know the basic rule that their coordinator will be contacting them by phone or in person at least once every month. It’s right there in the regulations. Sometimes, it really […]

Why We Believe

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Our new year starts this weekend, with one student arriving this Saturday . . . and then next week about a dozen more . . . and almost a dozen more over the following two weeks. Host families they have never met will be waiting for these teens. Families have gone to great lengths to […]

More Beginnings: New Goals!

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Over the years, we have learned so much about the challenges involved when students leave their countries to experience a different culture. It’s difficult for parents to see their children fly away, often for their first lengthy absence from home. It can be difficult for the students to adapt to different behaviors and expectations in […]

How Do U.S. Prom and Graduation Ceremonies Differ From Those in Our Students’ Home Countries?

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At this time of year, many of our students are thinking about prom and other American end-of-year school customs. Prom itself is a custom that many students find strange. Those who are classified as seniors at their U.S. high schools look forward to the graduation ceremony and post-graduation parties. I found this infographic the other […]

A Student’s Question: Should I be an Exchange Student?

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The real question “is not whether you should do an exchange year or not, because you should. Everyone should. … The real question is, when should you do an exchange?” 6 Reasons Why You Should Do An Exchange While Still in High School (Nationality Unknown, Dec. 2014) Yes. If you can make it happen, you […]

Road Trip Part Two and New Beginnings

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We recently went on a road trip with our two 75 lb German Shepherds and Jan, our 16-yr-old German exchange student. We adults had business meetings in San Diego and San Francisco; the exchange student had California on his “bucket list.” Jan had a bit of a setback halfway through our two-week trip when he […]

Personal Moments in the World of International Exchange: Goodbye and Hello

Saying goodbye…. As I write this, the exchange students in our group in northwest Oregon and southern Washington are preparing to return home; most are leaving next week, with a few the following week. Two will remain for the summer – more on that in a moment. I have watched teenagers who arrived anxious, nervous, […]

International Youth Exchange Data: Where Do Our Students Come From?

I’ve been thinking about the countries which send high school exchange students to the U.S. each year. As I have noted before, trends have been changing, both in the countries sending students and the visas the students are using to come to the U.S. I recently came across an infographic showing Council on Standards for […]

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