The Gallivanting Gringa

The Gallivanting Gringa   ICES outbound exchange student Elisa from Oregon decided to have her exchange experience in Ecuador, South America. And she is documenting the exchange year on her own web blog “The Gallivanting Gringa” at https://gallivantinggringa.blogspot.com. Read Elisa’s amazing story from Ecuador and inspire other U.S. teenagers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the world … Read More

My Experience as an Exchange Student in the U.S.

My Experience as an Exchange Student in the U.S.   #1. Being an Exchange Student in America-the Most Precious Birthday Gift in my Life   In August 30th, 2013, I left my family in South Korea and headed to America. It was actually my birthday, and I had never imagined it would be one of the best birthday presents of … Read More

It has been already 4 months since I came here to the U.S.

It has been already 4 months since I came here to the U.S.   It seems like if it was just yesterday when I got off the plane on the 30th of July at the Kansas City airport and had met the best family I could. First thing we had done was that we went to the best restaurant I’ve … Read More

I love my American family

I love my American family   I’m Angelo and I just want to let you know that my exchange program is going very well. Talking about my host family I want to say that it’s perfect, we have fun EVERY SINGLE DAY, and if sometimes I have a bad day at school I’m pretty sure that my mood will be … Read More

I traveled 17 hours from Italy just to watch my idol Damian Lillard

I traveled 17 hours from Italy just to watch my idol Damian Lillard   Damian Lillard (basketball player) has always been an idol for me, I’ve been watching his games since I was a child. For this reason, after buying tickets for the Portland TrailBlazers game, I decided to make the poster in his honor, but I didn’t think I … Read More

I’m having an amazing experience

  I’m having an amazing experience   My name is Andrea, I’m 17 years old and I’m from Murcia, Spain. I know the photograph chosen doesn’t seem very interesting, but it means a lot to me. In this picture, I’m at my foster family’s house, and my American mother made it for me a few minutes before I left to … Read More

My integration into school was actually easier than I thought

My integration into school was actually easier than I thought   Hey I‘m Hannah and I‘m an exchange student from Germany. My integration into school was actually easier than I thought. On my first day of school I just kinda walked into the school without knowing anybody. I remember standing in the middle of the cafeteria and just looking at … Read More