Hosting Maria has been an amazing experience for my family

Hosting Maria has been an amazing experience for my family   Tomorrow we take Maria to the airport and send her home to Brazil. 😢 Hosting Maria has been an amazing experience for my family, and I hope it has been equally amazing for Maria. Our world has been expanded, and our hearts and lives are better for having Maria … Read More

Making Memories in a New Country

Making Memories in a New Country Estacada News, Oregon, January 02, 2019 by Emily Lindstrand / author   This year through the ICES International Student Exchange program, Estacada High School has foreign exchange students from a variety of countries, including Norway, France and South Korea. When Jung Su Park first arrived at Estacada High School, he thought it would be … Read More

Nadja adores her after-school activities and activities with her host family

Nadja adores her after-school activities and activities with her host family   Nadja is very happy. She is doing well in her host family, she gets along well with her host parents and siblings. They are very nice and cheerful. We hope it will last all year 🙂 Nadja´s English is improving from week to week, although beginnings were difficult. … Read More

This was one of the best decisions we could’ve made for our family

This was one of the best decisions we could’ve made for our family   My name is Heather Merriman and this year my family and I decided to invite an exchange student in to our home for the school year. The decision to do so was not taken lightly and we were certainly nervous at first since we hadn’t done … Read More

Being an exchange student

Being an exchange student   Hi, my name is Laura. I am 17 Years old and I am spending my exchange year in West Virginia. I love going to school here and doing things with my friends. It took me a long time to realize that I am living my dream. My dream that I always wanted to live. My … Read More

Hosting an exchange student

Hosting an exchange student   Hello, I’m Jamie from Michigan and this is our first year to host an exchange student. My family, Randy(dad), Veronica (19), Tylar(12), and Adrianna(4). Our exchange student is from Italy, her name is Alessia. At first we were very nervous but overcame those nerves quickly. It’s like having another daughter, she fits right in with … Read More

It gave me a second home

It gave me a second home   In January of 2018, I left all my friends and family in Brazil to live in America for a year. It was going to be a big change but I couldn’t wait to try it because I’ve always dreamed how was life here. I knew it would be different and I would have … Read More

It was an amazing trip

It was an amazing trip   San Francisco 2018 – ICES Trip First of all, it was an amazing trip and everyone who didn’t go did a big mistake because it was absolutely perfect. We visited all the popular places like Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, Six Flags United Kingdom, Union Square, Jelly Belly factory and more. I still can’t … Read More