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

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…

PAX student at Minnesota Vikings game with his host dad

Real Men Wear Purple

A lot of our students experience American football for the first time during their PAX exchange year. Many of them come from countries where football…

Group of PAX exchange students at Scandinavian Christmas Festival

Christmas Traditions Abound

It’s very exciting for PAX exchange students to learn about American culture and for their host families to learn about the culture of their student’s…

Ukrainian exchange student giving presentation at her host high school

Singing Her Praises

All of our scholarship exchange students give presentations about their home countries. Intended to educate their classmates and communities about the…

PAX exchange student gives presentation about Moldova

All Things Moldovan

Where is Moldova? A lot of Americans probably don’t know much about this small country in Eastern Europe. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, ther…

Exchange student from Georgia playing his guitar and singing during International Education Week

Giorgi from Georgia!

Georgia is more than a state in the U.S.; it is Giorgi’s home country! Historically, this region just east of the Black Sea was mired in conflict, goi…

Brazilian exchange student sledding for the first time

First Snow

Many of our PAX exchange students come from countries with warm climates. Not all of them experience the same thing in the U.S.! Rafael came to Indian…