Ellina you have made us better people by sharing your life with us

“Ellina you have made us better people by sharing your life with us”   Dear Ellina, Wow! It has been a year since you came to me on that cold, snowy night in January, 2017. Remember the array of stars and full moon shinning, lighting our path up the hill to my house. Pulling your huge suitcase, I often wonder … Read More

Natasha has been all smiles

Natasha has been all smiles   Sadly, I failed being on time at the airport to meet and greet our newest family member, but from that first moment on, Natasha has been all smiles. She just laughed off our poor “first impression”, and things couldn’t be any better. My wife Mary was an exchange student her Junior year in high … Read More

It’s amazing and such a sweet experience

It’s amazing and such a sweet experience!   My name is Renata and my family looked into the student exchange program for the first time this year, it’s amazing and such a sweet experience! Gyuri is my host sister and she is super sweet. She has gone from a shy girl to part of the family in such a short … Read More

Seeing our world through his eyes

Seeing our world through his eyes   We have hosted several short term exchange students with varying success. As the 2017-8 school year approached this past August, an opportunity presented itself to host a student from Italy for the school year. With very little communication prior to Andrea arriving at our house, we became a host family for a 17 … Read More

“We’re keeping him, right?”

“We’re keeping him, right?”   Our family has hosted twelve students over the past 10 years, plus other short stays. It’s been very positive for our family and we feel like we have kids from all over the world. Some years it takes a few months before we actually feel like family and that’s okay. We have heard many host … Read More

Maja has been a blessing from the beginning

Maja has been a blessing from the beginning   Hello, My name is Candice Pias. This is a note about our family’s experience with hosting an exchange student over the last year. My husband’s name is Gill. We own a sign company and Gill also does some farming on the side. My husband and I enjoy boating, fishing, camping, playing … Read More

4th year hosting and it just gets better each time

4th year hosting and it just gets better each time   This our 4th year hosting and it just gets better each time. We have loved our time with Breanna, and know that we have made a lifelong bond. The sad part about her time with us is how fast it went by. We look forward to watching her grow … Read More

Double the Fun!

Double the Fun!   My husband, son, and I are hosting Martin from Argentina and Nadine from Brazil. Both Martin and Nadine are just here for 5 months. They both leave in a few weeks and we will miss them terribly. It has been quite an experience having three teenagers in our home at once. We are so pleased that … Read More

‘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