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

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…

PAX exchange student Ayundya attends his American high school graduation

‘Til the Day of My Graduation

Our PAX exchange students come from many different countries, and many different types of school systems. Our students are excited (and maybe a little…

PAX exchange student Rim and one of her paintings

An Artist With a Bright Future

PAX exchange students bring a wide variety of special skills, talents, abilities, and passions with them to their host communities in the U.S. The cur…

Three PAX exchange students visit Washington D.C.

An Insider’s View

PAX exchange students often have the opportunity to participate in activities with students from other countries. Not only do they learn a great deal…

Exchange student visits Texas farm

Everything is Bigger in Texas

When we think of all the new experiences our PAX exchange students have, there is one that we sometimes forget—hot weather! We see lots of pictures of…

PAX exchange student from the Phillipines with her host sister

Congrats, Grace!

Hosting a PAX exchange student is rewarding in so many ways. Opening your home to a young person from another culture offers chances to make great new…

PAX exchange student from Ghana in his high school graduation gown

Emmanuel's Legacy

What is it like to open your home to a stranger from another country? A lot of people wonder and worry about what the year holds for them when they de…

Finding Passions

I had the opportunity to take part in the yearly Model UN conference at UMASS Lowell. There were about 60 other students, representing nine different…