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

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…

Living With Your Dreams

Have you ever experienced dreaming and it became true? Have you ever experienced just watching an American movie, and now you are living a life being…

Little-Known Slice of History

The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is an historical reenactment of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans, which took place througho…

Catching a New England Tradition

Before coming to the US, Zhiwei (Jonathan) had never been fishing. He quickly became eager to explore the intricacies of trout fishing, including lear…

A Thai Champion

Natchaya (Yui) came into our home and right into our hearts. We discovered the second day she was here that she is a good tennis player though she had…

What a Treat!

Silvia volunteered to pass out treats to youngsters at the Safe Trick-or-Treat event in front of the Dancing Bird Art Gallery and Music Store in Cumbe…