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

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…

PAX exchange student Beatriz and her host mom

A Year Filled With Everything New

Here at PAX, we have a lot of different kinds of host families. There are those who are hosting for the first time, those with teenage host siblings,…

Gulnura and her host dad visit the Kyrgyzstan embassy while on a trip to Washington, D.C.

Kyrgyzstan in America

A chance to visit Washington, D.C. is very special for our PAX exchange students. Those who are fortunate enough to have the experience savor it as on…

PAX exchange students pose for a picture during a visit to New York City

A Giant Bite Out of the Big Apple

When a PAX exchange student finds out that they will be spending their year in New York, they probably envision New York City. Most of them will find…

Maira from Pakistan volunteers with Habitat for Humanity during her PAX exchange year

Building Homes, Helping Others

Our PAX exchange students take pride in serving their host communities in a variety of ways. Maira from Pakistan, who spent her exchange year in Ohio,…

Brayan and friends at Special Olympics

Something Really Special

Brayan from Mexico spent his PAX exchange year in Minnesota with a host family who values the compassion that foreign exchange fosters in families and…