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

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…

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2 Better Than 1

As we wind down the year, we are well aware that the departure date for our students to begin their journeys back home is coming near. It has been a y…

Me and My Awesome Host Family

You’ll never be bored in this house full of nicely crazy children, who are my host siblings. We enjoy doing after school activities and even doing hom…

Building Community

After almost two months away from my country, comfort zones, and everything that I'm used to, I've learned a lot of things. Here is one of my favorite…

That’s the Stuff!

I really enjoy my host family. They are people I trust and to whom I can go with a problem. Before I arrived, it seemed weird to me that I was placed…

What Really Matters

I am in Tennessee since 50 days now, and I really enjoy it due to the great support of my host family and my local coordinator. They were all so happy…

Rural Can Be Fun!

Before I got here, I was disappointed, because I knew I was going to a rural area. I thought my dream year in U.S. would be boring— no cinema, no mall…

Off and Running

I’ve always wanted to challenge myself and try something that’ll be hard for me. After proper consideration, I decided to take cross country. In Ukrai…