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

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…

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…