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

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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…

Class of 2015!

I can't believe my exchange year is almost over. I got a great life experience being in the U.S, which I will use in order to build my successful futu…

Time Flies Too Quickly

You know that saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun”? We can certainly relate. This school year has flown by, and we’ve had a blast with Alex her…

Helping Four-Legged Friends

Following her passion for animals, one of the first school clubs that Yuno from Japan joined was the Animal Advocate club at Foothill HS in…

Finding Her Niche

Soon after she arrived from Corsica, I asked Cécile how she planned to get involved with her school. “I don’t know. I’m not sporty,” she said, then lo…

Play Ball!

For me, spring means something new. That is how I decided to try softball. At first I was a little scared to go to the practice. Girls have been doing…