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

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…

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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…