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

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

What a blessing Plai has been

What a blessing Plai has been   I have to tell you what a blessing Plai has been. She is a truly honest and thoughtful girl. On Halloween she was getting ready to go trick or treating. I had bought her and my granddaughter Bri some footed PJs at a yard sale. Plai decided to wear hers Halloween night. She … Read More

I had concerns that as empty nesters we’d be boring for Bill

I had concerns that as empty nesters we’d be boring for Bill   Our initial plan was to serve as a welcome family, but once we had Bill as a guest in our home it didn’t feel right to bring it up… he was sweet, smart, hard working, curious, funny, thoughtful. He loved his room, our home, and seemed genuinely … Read More

What greater joy is there than making a dream come true?

What greater joy is there than making a dream come true?   I knew the very moment who I would choose to be my very first student to host when I read his story and heard him speak of his dream to come to America. What greater joy is there than making a dream come true? This experience has been … Read More

Should you host an exchange student? Yes! 100% Yes!

Should you host an exchange student? Yes! 100% Yes! (One of our Texas host mothers wanted to share her experience after taking her exchange student back to the airport.)   Should you host an exchange student? Yes! 100% Yes! Even though I could never accurately describe what hosting a foreign exchange student was like. Nora has been our main focus … Read More

A relationship to last a lifetime

A relationship to last a lifetime   “Having three young kids at the time, it was hard to imagine having room or energy for a long term guest. But my family and I decided to open up our home to Johanna from Germany and I am so glad we did! She quickly became a loved and cherished member of our … Read More

Miguel has been a pleasure from day one

Miguel has been a pleasure from day one   Wow… Where do we start? Miguel was not our first Exchange student; he happened to be our 3rd student. From the very first glance at his paperwork and spotting his birthday was the exact same as our youngest, we know he was the perfect fit for our family. Miguel has been … Read More

Our Exchange Experience

Our Exchange Experience   We decided to bring our first foreign exchange student into our home in March of 2017. Initially there was some hesitation with the idea. After meeting with the local coordinator, we signed up to be a welcome family. After reviewing profiles of many worthy students, we narrowed our selection and ultimately settled on a young man … Read More