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Host Family Tips: Before Your Student Arrives

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June and July are strange times for those of us working with international students. Our students who have been here for a semester or school year are returning to their home countries — yet at the same time, we’re looking for host families for the coming school year and beginning to reach out to our […]

Dear Host Parents, This is Why I Call Every Month: A Note From Your Exchange Coordinator

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The  single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw Today’s post describes a not-uncommon situation many coordinators face with new host families. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear New Host Parents, As you know, I am the local representative for your exchange student program. I know you are excited to […]

Charitable Tax Deductions for Host Families

Many families hosting J-1 exchange students may not be aware that if they itemize their taxes, they can claim a deduction of up to $50/month for each month the exchange student lived in the family’s home. This deduction should be included in the charitable contribution section of one’s tax return. Key elements of this deduction […]

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 […]

Got Questions About High School Exchange? Come Visit the Exchange Mom This Thursday 4/10!

Got questions about hosting high school exchange students? Interested in seeing a few student applications? If you are in the Portland, Oregon, area, you are in luck! Come visit me Thursday evening 4/10/2014 from 5:30-7:30 at the Robert Gray Middle School multicultural fair in SW Portland – look for the EF High School Exchange Year […]

Study Abroad as an Element of Diplomacy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received many positive reactions to her push for cultural exchange and global education.  In 2010, she energized the cultural and education exchange industry with a speech that barely lasted 1½ minutes.  In her comments, she stated that student exchange still serves a purpose, even in the 21st century.  Student […]

Practical Tips for Exchange Student Host Families

1. Make a copy of your student’s passport and insurance information. For many of us, our first thought when thinking about “teens” and “important documents” is that those words do not belong in the same sentence.  As host parents, we used to immediately put our exchange students’ passports into the house safe.  Revised federal regulations […]

Hosting an exchange student: “We need to wait until our kids are older” — or do you?

I’ve been thinking about this recently, since we’ve been looking for host families for students arriving in January and are beginning to look for families for the 2013-2014 academic year.  I get the question a lot when I talk to people about hosting a student.  “My kids are too young,” or “I need to wait […]

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