We knew hosting would be different

We knew hosting would be different “I was supposed to have 5-6 more years before I sent a child off to prom. But sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you take a chance on something that most people tend to think is crazy. We knew hosting would be different, possibly strange, but never would’ve imagined how much we … Read More

Ashley’s volunteer time at Bayside Terrace

Ashley’s volunteer time at Bayside Terrace Today we had the opportunity to learn about Belgium from an amazing exchange student with the International Cultural Exchange Services program (ICES). Host mom Debbie is the marketing director and has told the residents about Ashley and all of the stories she had shared with her. Today during Coffee and Current Events we had … Read More

American Adventures with Ludo

American Adventures with Ludo   I never thought about being a host parent and then one night a Facebook post looking for local host families caught my eye, and on an impulse I replied. In just a few short weeks, before I knew it I was on my way to the Tampa airport, anxiously waiting to pick up Ludovico, my … Read More

Hosting Alice is the best decision we’ve ever made

Hosting Alice is the best decision we’ve ever made   This being our first year hosting, we really didn’t know what to expect. Before Alice arrived we were so nervous and excited. It took no time at all for Alice to become part of our family. There was a small period of awkwardness as we all began to get used … Read More

I am so happy that I have these two wonderful girls in my life

I am so happy that I have these two wonderful girls in my life   When I agreed to take an exchange student last summer, I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing. However, it was one of the best things that could have happened at this time in my life. A few weeks later came the opportunity … Read More

I never thought this experience would impact us as much as it has

I never thought this experience would impact us as much as it has (Testimonial posted on Facebook by the Marsh family in Michigan, 2 days before their exchange student was going back to Italy)   This girl right here is gonna leave us in less than 48 hours. When we signed up to do the exchange program never in a … Read More

Having a foreign exchange student, and being a host sister changed my life

Having a foreign exchange student, and being a host sister changed my life   Hello. My name is Ariana. I live in Tampa, Florida and I’m seventeen years old. I’m an American citizen, and last year I got the awesome experience of hosting a foreign exchange student. Her name is Ana Clara, and she’s from Brazil. When my mom first … Read More

Our experience with this program has been very good

Our experience with this program has been very good   Our student is fully fluent in English, German and also speaks French. She spends time sharing her knowledge about her country with us (the food and culture) and we enjoy sharing ours with her. She and has made strong efforts to be a seamless member of our family unit and … Read More

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

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