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

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…

Yara from Egypt coloring Easter eggs in Wisconsin

Celebrating Easter in Wisconsin

Holidays are an important part of every PAX exchange student’s American experience. Many of them will take part in holidays completely different from…

PAX exchange student sharing her culture at an event

Sharing Their Knowledge

One of the keys to our many great PAX exchange experiences is the PAX community coordinator. Those who take on this role play an integral part in the…

PAX exchange student making rolls with her host grandmother

Just Like Grandma Used to Make…

When we think of host families, we often think of those sharing a home with an exchange student. But there is so much more! Many host families involve…

PAX exchange student being honored at his high school

Panther of the Week!

Our PAX exchange students love to get involved in their school communities! Joining clubs, sports, and other activities gives them a chance to meet pe…

PAX exchange student holding sign at Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Every host state and host family brings something special to the PAX exchange experience. For Victoria from Spain, her year in Louisiana gave her the…