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

Exchange student from Kyrgyzstan volunteering

Favorite Thing? Volunteering!

So many things are new and different for our PAX exchange students when they come to the U.S. A new school, a host family, new foods, new friends, and…

Exchange Students holding carved pumpkins

A PAX-Style Carving Fest

For many PAX exchange students, Halloween is the first American holiday in which they take part. And what better way to dip your feet into American tr…

Pakistani Student at FFA National Convention

Choosing to Face Obstacles

Our PAX exchange students get to participate in some very interesting events and activities during their time in the U.S. Through extracurricular acti…

Exchange student from Moldova with his host dad in Missouri

Celebrating Everything

Opening your home to an exchange student from another country is an experience like no other. You gain insight into their culture, their language, and…

Mississippi State University football fans

Does this Ring a Bell?

A lot of our students do not think of the American game when they hear the word “football”, they think of what we call soccer. For them, American foot…

Making Friends

Just like almost every exchange student, the moment I arrived in my American high school, I thought it would take me the whole year to make friends. D…

Exchange student from the Philippines at a hot air balloon festival.

Where Dreams Take Flight

Sometimes a PAX exchange student has the opportunity to attend an event that seems to capture the meaning of their experience in the United States. Fo…

Egyptian exchange student helping little girl make her own mummy.

“Mummy’s” the Word!

One of the things that PAX students get to do during their exchange year is meet other students from all over the world. Jessy from Egypt did just tha…

German exchange student with her American host sister, wearing traditional German clothing.

Exchange Opens Doors Everywhere

We talk often about the many benefits of hosting an exchange student. There are the opportunities to learn about other cultures, the chance to help a…

Pakistani exchange student

Expectations vs. Reality

The English language is a funny, complicated, and sometimes frustrating thing. Those of us who grow up speaking it know that, but imagine how hard it…

Indian exchange student with chalk drawing

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

How many ways are there for a PAX exchange student to teach his classmates, host family, friends, and community about his home country and culture? As…

Continuing to Lend a Hand!

Leaving my second home in Neenah, WI, was not pleasant since I am no longer able to contribute to my community back there. However, leaving Wisconsin…