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Activities and Tips

If you are looking for activities to do with your host family or exchange student, you've come to the right place! You will also find tips and advice for both families and students for throughout the program.

Host Family 101: A Guide to Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Hosting a foreign exchange student is an exciting and unforgettable opportunity.  These students can add an immeasurable amount to the families they join for their program year.

How to Host an International Student: Tips and Tricks for Successful Hosting

Hosting an international exchange student can be a life-changing opportunity—for students and families!

Reasons You Should Be Friends with Exchange Students

It’s worth it! You never know what kind of spectacular relationship you can get out of it, or how amazing of a person you might meet.

6 Benefits of Hosting an Exchange Student

Have you thought about hosting an exchange student? Here are a few benefits to hosting!

Dealing with Culture Shock

Culture shock is a normal, inevitable response among exchange students. Here are some ways to help deal with it.

5 Things Exchange Students Wish People Understood

Living abroad is one of the most freshening and exciting things a student will ever do in their life. It offers a new perspective, gives a completely different view on the world, and allows students the opportunity to completely rebuild themselves. While I've never met an exchange student who ever ended up regretting going abroad, I think I can speak for all of us when I say there are a few different things we wish non-study abroaders understood.

How to Avoid Homesickness

Here are a few tips for students for avoiding homesickness.

Advice for Host Families

General tips for hosting an exchange student.

Helping Students with their English Skills

Students may feel overwhelmed from being suddenly immersed in the English language. Most often, a little extra practice and support will work wonders to help your student become more comfortable with their English skills. 

Explore Your Host Community With a Scavenger Hunt

Spend some quality time with your student or host family while getting to know your town