‘Tis the Season!

‘Tis the Season!   This holiday season has been even more special thanks to our Danish Exchange Student Morten and his family! They sent us a package in November that contained their Danish Holiday Tradition – celebration of Christmas Month – opening a gift every day of December leading up to Christmas. I had to decorate an additional tree in … Read More

Working as Local Coordinators for ICES…

Working as Local Coordinators for ICES brought the wonderful opportunity to participate in this year’s annual incentive trip to Italy!   Having never been to Italy before, we were excited to see the ancient ruins of Rome, the cosmopolitan city of Milan, and the breathtaking beauty of Lake Como. The sights were nothing short of amazing, and experiencing them as … Read More

Hosting exchange students has really become a part of our lives…

Hosting exchange students has really become a part of our lives…   …it is just who we are!! Each young person who has come and spent 10 to 12 months with us has definitely enriched our lives. Sharing cultures is such a beautiful thing to do. In my own opinion the problem in our world is that we do not … Read More

“I am so grateful for this opportunity …”

“I am so grateful for this opportunity …”   On our yearly incentive trip with ICES in Belgium, I was very lucky to meet up with two of my very first students when I was a Local Coordinator for them. These two young lady’s showed us around for the day in Bruges. My husband (and local coordinator) Tim and I … Read More

From the view of a Local Coordinator

From the view of a Local Coordinator   I would first like to say I am not biased at ALL, however, I work with some of the most wonderful, caring and loving people in Teresa Kelly and Kim Shreve. I joined ICES under the supervision of Teresa Kelly, Field Manager in WV who so happens to be under Kim Shreve, … Read More

“One of the most rewarding things that our family has done”

“one of the most rewarding things that our family has done”   When our family hosted our first student 13 years ago we had no idea of what kind of impact it would have on our lives. Over the years we have hosted 14 students now. Each student having their own amazing talents. Being able to have an impact on … Read More

Thank You … for opening your heart and home

Thank You … for opening your heart and home   Last night I was finally able to spend some time with Emma’s parents and her host family. Lisa and Tomas flew all the way from Sweden to meet her amazing host family and see their little girl. We laughed and cried reminiscing about our lives. 10 months ago I was … Read More

It has to be hard – It cannot be easy

It has to be hard – It cannot be easy   It always amazes me how teenagers from foreign countries can go to a totally different culture, live with total strangers, go to school and learn in a different language and do so well! It has to be hard, but I have to tell you the young man we are … Read More