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Why YOU Should Host (According to Real Host Moms!)

Why YOU Should Host (According to Real Host Moms!)

Mother's Day may have come and gone, but we're always grateful for the amazing host moms and mother figures that make our work possible. By taking the leap and inviting an international exchange student into their families, each host mom will . . . Enrich the lives of...

2023-24 iE-USA Student Recognition Awards

2023-24 iE-USA Student Recognition Awards

The iE-USA Student Recognition Awards recognize students for their outstanding achievements in Academics, Athletics, Community, Volunteering, and as iE Ambassadors. Students currently on exchange in the U.S. were nominated by their host families, Local Coordinators,...

Ending the Year Well

Ending the Year Well

It can be tempting to avoid thinking about the hard goodbyes that the next few weeks will bring. Not to mention that between tests, ceremonies, get-togethers, and more, the end of the school year is a busy time!

Still, it’s worth taking the time to think about how you want to end your exchange experience. Whether you’re a host parent, international student, or local coordinator — How can you end your year on the best note possible?

Your Ticket to the Best Summer Ever

Your Ticket to the Best Summer Ever

Our Summer Immersion Programs in Germany and Spain are the ideal way for 14-18 year-old U.S. teens to experience life in another culture. As part of the program, you’ll spend three weeks living with a host family and experiencing all that these different European cultures have to offer, from nature to historic sites and museums to food. Read on to find out more about the program and how you could apply to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

2022-23 iE-USA Student Recognition Awards

The iE-USA Student Recognition Awards recognize students for their outstanding achievements in Academics, Athletics, Community, Volunteering and as iE Ambassadors. Students currently on exchange in the U.S. were nominated by their host families, Local Coordinators, or...

Like True Siblings

Like True Siblings

The Brown family from Michigan consists of single mom Katrina, her two teenage sons Brennan and Gibson, Goldendoodle Mazie, and, over the years, four international students from Germany and Spain. Katrina Brown has been hosting with International Experience since...

10 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student

10 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student

Updated May 2022 Why host an exchange student? Our tight-knit band of cultural adventurers agree - when they opened their homes to host, they GAINED so much more than they gave. Are you ready for a life-changing adventure, right in your own living room? Consider these...

Top 9 FAQ About Hosting an Exchange Student

Top 9 FAQ About Hosting an Exchange Student

Updated March 2022 So you've been considering hosting a high school exchange student, but have some questions regarding the process. Don't worry! We've gathered the top 9 frequently asked questions about hosting an exchange student: 1. What does our commitment...

FAQ: What is a Double Placement?

FAQ: What is a Double Placement?

Updated February 2022 The double placement was definitely the right way to go for us. Since we don't have any kids of our own, it was like creating an instant family, complete with siblings! Plus, the students leaned on each other at school and had a buddy in the...

Welcome Families: Short-term commitment, BIG impact!

Welcome Families: Short-term commitment, BIG impact!

Updated 7/8/2022 We love sharing the adventure of student exchange! But what if a family can't host for the full school year? Easy! They can help as a welcome family!   What is a "welcome family?" A welcome family hosts a student on a short-term basis at the...

We Say YES

We Say YES

Updated December 2021 From the outside looking in, a family's decision to host an exchange student may seem like a logistical mystery. Most families in our culture would say they feel busy, or at the very least "full," with their own schedules and their own...

Debunking 10 Common Objections to Hosting

Debunking 10 Common Objections to Hosting

Updated November 2021 Everyone seems to agree: hosting an exchange student is enriching, rewarding, and so very fun!  So why do so many people push the pause button? Like anything else, hosting an exchange student comes with a common list of assumptions and...

A Fitting Tribute: Moana in America

A Fitting Tribute: Moana in America

It's not every day that you run across someone who can so clearly capture the heart and soul of an experience in a way that it can be shared with, and felt by, others. Fortunately for us, iE student, Moana's host parents, Erik and Kaylee are up to the task! Check out...

A Farm-Fresh Adventure for Max

A Farm-Fresh Adventure for Max

When exchange students dream of their future host home, “farm life” often isn’t on their radar! Even so, Max from Germany feels he has found his perfect second home exploring farm life with the fun-loving Erb family. Life on the Farm Jeremy and Laura Erb own and...

Oregon’s “Ray” of Sunshine

Oregon’s “Ray” of Sunshine

Ray Hernandez is outgoing, magnetic, and a gifted guitarist. Like any exchange student, he had some doubts about leaving the familiarity of his home in Spain to embrace the unknown of an exchange year in the US. Fortunately for Ray, that one leap of faith has...

We LOVE Our Host Families!

We LOVE Our Host Families!

As Valentine’s day approaches, let us give credit where credit is due: our incredible host families! WE LOVE YOU! We appreciate each and every host family who has joined us in this journey – let us share just a few of their stories with you! It’s a Twin Thing! What’s...

4 Ways to Spice Up YOUR Super Bowl Party!

4 Ways to Spice Up YOUR Super Bowl Party!

HOLD IT. What does the Super Bowl have to do with student exchange?! Well let's start with this: it's not just about the game! (Right?!) There's no denying that the Super Bowl has become a major national icon of connection and camaraderie (and oh yeah - FOOTBALL!)...

Hosting Christian – The Right Fit!

Hosting Christian – The Right Fit!

When a family is matched with just the right student, we often find that the experience changes them, making a mark on their family that will never be forgotten. Carrie and Brian Barton and their son Kevin had often opened their home to others – a teen mom and her...