I’m literally living a dream

I’m literally living a dream   Hi, my name is Samara and I’m a 17 years old girl from Brazil. My experience in America has been amazing! I’m literally living a dream. Everyone knows that is hard get used to a new culture in another country especially when you’re “alone”, but I can tell for sure that all the struggles … Read More

Mardi Gras in Louisiana

Mardi Gras in Louisiana   During the month of February we celebrated Mardi Gras in Louisiana. Mardi Gras is a day of feasting and fun that precedes the 40 days of fasting before Easter. Some towns have a Courir Mardi Gras and some offer parades and dances. The students in Louisiana were able to sample different forms of Mardi Gras … Read More

Ellina you have made us better people by sharing your life with us

“Ellina you have made us better people by sharing your life with us”   Dear Ellina, Wow! It has been a year since you came to me on that cold, snowy night in January, 2017. Remember the array of stars and full moon shinning, lighting our path up the hill to my house. Pulling your huge suitcase, I often wonder … Read More

Unbelievable Experience in Minnesota!

Unbelievable Experience in Minnesota!   Could you tell how lucky I am? – Minnesota, not a really known state around the world. Cold, cloudy, snowy… but there it was, The Super Bowl LII. Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots, but pretty sad that the Vikings couldn’t make it… It has been a game that I always wanted to watch. I … Read More

We’re in the middle of something most people could only dream about

We’re in the middle of something most people could only dream about   It very clear to me that we’re all just searching for something “perfect”. Sadly, the pursuit of happiness, makes us blind. We forget how much we really have. I’m guilty myself. We start taking things for granted, because life’s filled with new and breathtaking opportunities. And these … Read More

Natasha has been all smiles

Natasha has been all smiles   Sadly, I failed being on time at the airport to meet and greet our newest family member, but from that first moment on, Natasha has been all smiles. She just laughed off our poor “first impression”, and things couldn’t be any better. My wife Mary was an exchange student her Junior year in high … Read More

It’s amazing and such a sweet experience

It’s amazing and such a sweet experience!   My name is Renata and my family looked into the student exchange program for the first time this year, it’s amazing and such a sweet experience! Gyuri is my host sister and she is super sweet. She has gone from a shy girl to part of the family in such a short … Read More

Studying abroad for a year changes you in multiple ways

Studying abroad for a year changes you in multiple ways   My experience started long time ago, with the idea of studying abroad. From there my mom and I began a huge process of applications and medical insurances. The effort was big but it drove me into this crazy year. The biggest emotion was when I just got off the … Read More

Seeing our world through his eyes

Seeing our world through his eyes   We have hosted several short term exchange students with varying success. As the 2017-8 school year approached this past August, an opportunity presented itself to host a student from Italy for the school year. With very little communication prior to Andrea arriving at our house, we became a host family for a 17 … Read More