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

From Ghana to Arizona

Khardijah is great to have as part of our family! Of course, coming from Ghana to Sedona, Arizona, is quite the culture change. However, her…

Talents Unearthed in America

I had a great opportunity to join the girls’ soccer team even though I had never played before! In Thailand, not many girls play soccer, and there is…

A Magical Thanksgiving

I imagine that when students come to the U.S. for this program, there is always some concern about how they will adapt to their new environment and ge…

An East Coast Road Trip

On the morning of December 12, I left Maine for a trip down the Eastern seaboard with my exchange student Ilya, as well as two other exchange students…

Great Trip

Martin, a PAX exchange student from Spain who is spending the year in New Hampshire, was able to visit multiple states on a Midwest sightseeing trip w…

An Unexpected Answer

School dances are a big thing here, and the approach is really creative. The students try to find funny and special ways to ask someone to a dance and…

IEW Winner

Each November, schools across America celebrate International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education…

Survival Skills Put to the Test

Six PAX students set out with me to learn about “The Lost Ones” and the geology of Death Valley National Park in early March. Ranger Bob enlightened a…

Rising to the Top

When Ghalia arrived, school had already been in session for almost a month. Everyone, including Ghalia, was concerned that she was going to have quite…

Golden Memories

Today, many more people have amazing thoughts about Pakistan than before they met me. I gave 26 presentations on the occasion of International Educati…

Our Awesome Trip to Washington, DC!

Our group from New Hampshire traveled by train for eight hours from Boston straight to the capital of the United States in November. Twenty of us, inc…

Busy Days

Celebrations don’t seem to be huge, but looking at the passion and the way Americans celebrate and make everything meaningful is extremely fascinating…