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

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…

Still Hosting After a Decade!

We hadn't planned on hosting this year, but when I started reading profiles, it became clear that one of them had to come to live with us. We pic…

A Big Role for a Talented Dutchman!

On four consecutive nights, our very own Pieter (Netherlands) captured the attention of hundreds of attendees with his magnificent rendition of Seymou…

We Do Care for the Environment!

When trying to complete my 100 volunteering hours (which are for the Presidential Award), my family came up with such a great idea: Adopt a Highway, a…

Double Duty, Double Rewards

After I enjoyed having Joscha for the first five months of his 10-month stay, I was delighted to be able to have Tom from Australia join us for five m…

Having Fun While Supporting a Cause

Eight students from our Southern Nevada PAX group recently went to San Diego for a long weekend together with host families Walker and Piccini. We had…

More Alike than Different

My name is Andrea, and I’m a student ambassador from Barcelona, Spain living in the state of Alabama with my host mum, dad, sister, and brother. They…