I have the best host family anyone could ever imagine

I have the best host family anyone could ever imagine Exactly 6 months ago, I came to the US to start my exchange year. I was so excited that I thought I wouldn’t be homesick or miss anything at all in Germany. And when I was at the airport with my family, that made me realize that I’m going to … Read More

Aloha from Hawaii!

Aloha from Hawaii!   A few weeks ago, I, Annika, packed my suitcase and flew from Las Vegas to Honolulu, Hawaii. I flew alone, but as soon as I arrived, I made new friends with all the other exchange students in my Hawaii trip. The first thing you hear when you arrive is‚ “Aloha!”, doesn’t that sound like a dream … Read More

This is an opportunity to live your best life

This is an opportunity to live your best life   When people asked me before embarking on this incredible journey, if I was scared, the first fear I mentioned was not fitting into my host family, which is, to my understanding, one of the worries every student has. You are literally hopping on a plane, perhaps even for the first … Read More

Silva experiences Akron life

Silva experiences Akron life The Sentinel, Rochester, Indiana, April 11, 2018 Dateline: Akron by Leah Sanders / Staff Writer   Samara Silva had a long way to travel to Tippecanoe Valley High School. Sure the distance the 17-years-old takes every day from where she is living in Akron to the school is not that far. Yet if Silva wished to … Read More

I have learned so much about myself

I have learned so much about myself   When I left home, I had to leave my comfort zone. Say goodbye to my everyday life in Denmark and start a completely new life for 10 months. Saying I was nervous would be an understatement, I was terrified. But I knew that I was going to have the year of my … Read More

My dreams truly came true

My dreams truly came true   My exchange year is the best experience of my life till now. There are many memories what I have made during my exchange year in the States, but the best were from Disneyworld, Orlando. My host family and I were spending a lot of time to prepare all things that we needed to have … Read More

6 ICES students are taking part in an international art project

6 ICES students are taking part in an international art project   The Hokkaido Pottery Society invited the Oregon Potters Association to join them in a collaborative art project involving youth. Students in grades 3-12 in Hokkaido and in the Pacific Northwest are creating ceramic sculptures that will be used to create 50 “Peace Poles” to be exhibited at the … Read More

My exchange so far in Argentina

My exchange so far in Argentina   My journey started on February 9th when I left Oregon for Argentina. I had never been out of the country before, so I was very excited, and a little nervous. My first stop in South America was Santiago, Chile. That was completely nerve wracking for me because I knew very little Spanish, and … Read More

We have a relationship for life

We have a relationship for life   The time is running so fast. I can’t believe that my American adventure is already half way over. When I decided to do exchange I was excited but also little scared. Who would not be if he is so far from home? However, since the first minute here I loved it. It is … Read More