Stories directly from the PAX community—whether exchange students, host families, high schools, community coordinators, or alumni.

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2 Better Than 1

As we wind down the year, we are well aware that the departure date for our students to begin their journeys back home is coming near. It has been a y…

Me and My Awesome Host Family

You’ll never be bored in this house full of nicely crazy children, who are my host siblings. We enjoy doing after school activities and even doing hom…

Building Community

After almost two months away from my country, comfort zones, and everything that I'm used to, I've learned a lot of things. Here is one of my favorite…

That’s the Stuff!

I really enjoy my host family. They are people I trust and to whom I can go with a problem. Before I arrived, it seemed weird to me that I was placed…

What Really Matters

I am in Tennessee since 50 days now, and I really enjoy it due to the great support of my host family and my local coordinator. They were all so happy…

Rural Can Be Fun!

Before I got here, I was disappointed, because I knew I was going to a rural area. I thought my dream year in U.S. would be boring— no cinema, no mall…

Off and Running

I’ve always wanted to challenge myself and try something that’ll be hard for me. After proper consideration, I decided to take cross country. In Ukrai…

Forward March!

Minutes before finally meeting my family I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to expect. But when I saw my wonderful new family waiting for me at th…

Kicking Sisters

Charlotte and her host sister Jewel have been playing soccer on the same league team since February. Besides winning third place in the championships,…

Cavid takes in the grandeur of the Pacific.
Cavid takes in the grandeur of the Pacific.

An Ocean of Experiences

I think it happens with all exchange students—we think America is like Hollywood movies, but it is not really like that. Being an ex-change student do…

Learning to Lead

Jan (Germany) and Munisrau (Malaysia) participated in a three-day overnight leadership training retreat at Mt. Potosi near Las Vegas, NV, to learn lea…