Our very first experience as a host family

Our very first experience as a host family We are a family of 6. We have 3 children of our own 1 boy and 2 girls ages 6,5 and 2 and 1 Foster child age 9. I came across a post on Facebook about this program. I reached out to the coordinator here in Oregon and she sent one of … Read More

Someday I’ll celebrate Mother’s Day

Someday I’ll celebrate Mother’s Day Today is mother’s day! So blessed to know so many great ones and I hope they all had a great day! As a woman who’s battled infertility, I’ve spent my adult life thinking if I pray hard enough, hope long enough, wish upon enough stars, that someday I’ll celebrate mother’s day as a mother. And … Read More

Exchange Student Program Enriches Lives of Guests, Hosts and Those around Them

Exchange Student Program Enriches Lives of Guests, Hosts and Those around Them Juniata Sentinel, Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, May 6, 2020 by Paige Smith / writer I have always been fascinated by other cultures. Their traditions, their communities, their cuisine. I just never realized that I could learn all about these things firsthand without traveling the world. It turns out, I can, … Read More

Coronavirus impact on exchange students

Coronavirus impact on exchange students WFMJ.com, Youngstown, Ohio, April 2020 Phone interview with Debbie VanWinkle, ICES field staff in Ohio Some students are thousands of miles at home while experiencing the pandemic. Some of our current students are still here in Ohio and elsewhere across the country with their host families helping out their local communities with outreach projects, such … Read More

Italian foreign exchange student finds strength during pandemic in San Antonio

Italian foreign exchange student finds strength during pandemic in San Antonio KENS5-TV, San Antonio, Texas, April 24, 2020 by Mat Gaskins / author Rebecca Padellini, originally from Florence, chose to remain in the US to finish her school year despite the challenges posed by coronavirus. Rebecca Padellini came to the US in August as a foreign exchange student. The 18 … Read More

Exchange students in central Indiana miss experiences due to virus restrictions

Exchange students in central Indiana miss experiences due to virus restrictions WISHTV.com, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 20, 2020 by Staff Reports The impact of coronavirus restrictions has been tough on students in Indiana, but it’s been especially tough on some of their classmates who are visiting America from other countries. Students with J-1 visas for cultural and educational exchange opportunities are … Read More

Michigan City exchange student gets to have her prom experience

Michigan City exchange student gets to have her prom experience The Michigan City News-Dispatch, Indiana, March 25, 2020 by Jim Peters, staff writer It’s a modern-day Cinderella story, and the only thing missing was the actual dance. Despite the COVID-19 virus and her country’s mandate to return to Spain, Michigan City High School exchange student Paula Fonz was able to … Read More

Sisters by heart forever

Sisters by heart forever My husband and I are empty nesters and have hosted several double placements but these girls are truly sisters. They have done everything together. They have taken this year and made it the best they can. They are in a tiny school where they know everyone personally. They played volleyball and basketball for the first time … Read More