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

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…

Mountain Sledding

Winter with its snow has so far been a blast! Some of my fellow exchange students went sledding on a nearby mountain. Despite the fact that it was the…

Four PAX exchange students in winter clothing

New Traditions

Perhaps the most special part of any PAX exchange experience is the chance to become part of a new family, in a new country. Every student relies on t…

PAX exchange student participating in Model Legislature and Model Assembly

Halfway Point Reflections

Being an exchange student can be nerve wracking! There are so many new experiences to absorb, not just in daily life, but special occasions as well. O…

Multi-cultural group of PAX exchange students

International Family

When we think of exchange students, we usually think of one student, living with one family. But the truth is that PAX is a global community, with lot…

PAX exchange student from Ukraine visiting with a friend at a senior center

The Christmas Miracle

You never know how you may touch a life as a PAX exchange student. There are all the expected ups and downs that come with traveling far from home and…