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

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Getting in the Spirit of Things

Every exchange student comes to the U.S. in hopes of participating in something truly American. Beam gets that chance since she is a football cheerlea…

An American Favorite

We've had a wonderful time showing Naja, who is from Denmark, our area of the country. Here in southern Utah, we live relatively close to many nationa…

Continuing a Cultural Tradition

I grew up with a family that supported exchange student programs. Starting in fifth grade, my family hosted students from China, South Korea, Germany,…

A First Month of Many Firsts

Exchange year is a life in a year and so far it has been splendid. Exchanging cultures, trying new things, playing sports, doing volunteering work, an…

From Turf to Surf

Coming from Kazakhstan, the world's largest landlocked country, Anastassiya, or Asya as she likes to be called, had never been to the ocean before. Sh…

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Ready?

For those 2015/16 PAX students who already have an American host family and have arrived in the U.S., it was time to hunker down for the experience ah…

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They're Here!

Well, at least some of them are. And while the PAX team continues to work hard to find great families for precocious and excited exchange students fro…

From the Writer’s Desk

In my home country, I have written 16 chapter books since I was 11 years old. I was so honored to share this experience in the United States. When a t…

Earth Day Efforts

Giving back to my community always relieves me as a global citizen. My host father and I spent three and a half hours cleaning out a small stream at t…

Overcoming a Fear

Life gives us a chance every single day as we run through its changing motions. A chance to meet great people, moments of joy, sadness and laughter, a…

Never Say Never(land)!

This time is probably the most memorable time of my exchange year. With getting ready to say goodbyes and exchanging numbers, I am also doing much mor…

Singing for a Roaring Crowd

I am a Chinese exchange student in Michigan, and my story is about music. In China, I sang Peking Opera and won some prizes. I like Peking Opera becau…