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

Exchange Student from Arab Communities of Israel holding a butterfly net.

Fly on By, Butterfly

Every PAX exchange student who volunteers their time has an interesting story to tell. Zina, from the Arab Communities of Israel, is spending her year…

Exchange Students Wearing Cheese Heads

Did Someone Say Cheese?

Every state in the U.S. has its own special traditions, cuisine, and culture. In Wisconsin, a lot of those things involve cheese! Wisconsin is the 23r…

Rock on, Marzaan!

I have been lucky enough to experience the Mexican culture very intimately. I went to my first Day of the Dead Festival. This is the day where familie…

Exchange Student Runs 5k

Running Into New Adventures

Each year our students and their host families take a leap of faith. They know that traveling to a new country or hosting an exchange student carries…

Southwestern Sizzle

I've had a great first month. In addition to hanging out on a bench with Einstein, my host family and I went to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Villag…

Jumping Right In!

Although getting to Orlando was an adventure in itself, it was worth it in the end! After a much-delayed bus trip, seven students and I arrived at the…

Former exchange student teaching English in the Arab Communities of Israel

Teaching English Back Home

All PAX exchange students arrive speaking English at a level that will allow them to be successful at their American high school. After being immersed…

PAX student exchange alumnus working at the computer with two younger students

"YES!" I Continue To Volunteer

We were recently honored with a very special visitor at the PAX office in Port Chester: 2014/15 PAX/YES (Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study progra…

Off To A Great Start

From cultural adjustment to problem-solving scenarios, there are no shortage of interesting and important topics to cover at an exchange student arriv…

Dreams Take Shape

The excitement was palpable—both among the first cohort of 2016/17 students as well as PAX staff. Hosted at Adelphi University on Long Island for roug…

Fariha teaches Bengali to her American classmates

Beautiful Bangladesh

Fariha, who is from Bangladesh, spent her exchange year in New York. Like most PAX exchange students, Fariha did presentations about her home country…

PAX exchange student Aida and her host sister at Soda Lake Overlook

Exploring in the Wild West

Aida came a long way from Kazakhstan to spend her PAX exchange year in California. After the school year was over, she had the chance to travel with h…