20 Years of PAX Press
PAX Press, the newspaper for exchange students, host families, and schools received an exciting upgrade for its 20th anniversary. While still featuring all of the exciting stories from our student exchange programs, the new digital format features full color photos and videos and allows readers to move seamlessly from the online newspaper to social media platforms and back again.
Share Your Story
Whether you are a student, host family, coordinator, school official, PAX alum, or another member of the extended PAX family, we want to hear from you. Submit your stories, photos, and videos with us to be featured in next month's issue (how to submit a story). PAX Press is published each month except July.
A Slice of History
Whether you missed last month's edition or are interested in scanning the archives of PAX (Program of Academic Exchange) history, you'll find links to back issues through 2010 at the bottom of this page.
This month, we are excited to introduce you to a new video series, Ten Top Teens, which focuses on a special group of students who we got to know at the 22nd annual PAX National Meeting. We also have some very impressive achievements to share, including beauty pageants, swim meets, and synchronized skating in addition to two very special accomplishments in the court- and boardrooms respectively.
Of course, these impressive teens never take a break from volunteerism and culture sharing—related stories in our usual "PAX PLUS" (Peace through Learning, Understanding, and Sharing) section. Finally, we have an expanded and interactive "As Seen in Social Media" collage in addition to a very special honor for a very special coordinator on the back cover.
FYI, Kah from Malaysia met up with Punxsutawney Phil and may have some inside info—we're not saying one way or the other.
Skiing, sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, snowman building... PAXers in cold corners of the country can't get enough outdoor winter fun! But that's not all our exchange students are up to. They're also making the most of shorter days with indoor activities: basketball, wrestling, painting—even fashion shows. Of course, these impressive teens never take a break from sharing their culture—related stories in our usual "PAX PLUS" (Peace through Learning, Understanding, and Sharing) section. Finally, we have an expanded "As Seen in Social Media" collage in addition to a very special message from a Ukrainian student on the back cover. (P.S. Sittie's video of her breakthrough downhill run will warm your heart.)
Have we got a holiday treat for you! Including: our annual International Education Week reportage, features from three alumni, and that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling. Plus: a German student's first trip to temple, an Armenian honored by his president, and our old Bulgarian buddy's video sequel. Not to mention: homemade Polish pampuchy, winter formal, and the Balinese boogie!
An exchange story three decades in the making; an adjustment cycle poem too good to pass up; an international teen set for Thanksgiving number one; and an introspective coordinator on twenty years with zero regrets! Plus: homemade bread, full stomachs, and Rose Bowls (not to mention Elvis)!
Pumpkin patches and homecoming dances; spirit week and cheering on the team—that's what fall is all about. And indeed, the PAX community has blessed us with a rich harvest of these autumn classics—but also so much more: choir concerts and cross country; leadership camps and volunteerism lessons; Day of the Dead and District of Columbia!
Meet the new class: serenading locals, sacking quarterbacks, hiking forests, catching bass, cheering teams, leading clubs, fixing breakfasts, sharing cultures, keeping newly-developed Doritos addictions in check...and studying migratory patterns of monarch butterflies. They always are a diverse bunch—that's what makes it so fun! Read all about it in this program year's first full issue.
It's your first peek at the 2016/17 class! We have the intimate (student interviews), the inspiring (reflective student quotes), the statistical (multiple poll results), and the slightly embarrassing (animal sounds for international ears). It's all in the premier issue of PAX Press' 22nd year!
In the last few weeks, it seems that we cannot escape the impressiveness of PAX's Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program alumni—so much so that we have put together a special "Alumni Extra" edition of PAX Press.
The year has flown by for many of our students and host families. But before we send this outstanding group of 2015/16 PAXers our farewells, we would like to briefly reflect on the memories made and experiences had. Strap in for some funny faces, a bit of junk food, and plenty of tearful goodbyes.
You may notice that the "PAX PLUS" section is pretty hefty this time round. Habitat for Humanity, elementary schools, transitional housing programs, youth sports, cultural clubs, Special Olympics... no institution is beyond the reach of our PAX PLUS volunteers—as you'll see in this month's issue!
It's all about artists and alumni this month. Bold Urdu ballads, classic Ukrainian ballet, precise paper mache yurtas, and inspiring sketches of Japanese bullet trains: PAX students are showcasing their creative sides! And let's not forget the theatre: It's a Wonderful Life, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid... Next year, PAX may need produce its own spring musical, featuring an all-star exchange student cast! Equally exciting, we have heard from more than a dozen alumni through five uplifting films. Tune in to both hear what insight their reflections may have for current students and to better understand the impact of exchange.
Small sous chefs, snowy swan dives, slam dunks, storm troopers, and Louisiana celebrations...laissez les bons temps rouler!
Space oddities, spontaneous eruptions of song, halfway point reflections, beaches and boating on New Year's (seems unfair), The Hunger Games waterfall, scary alligators, scarier dogs, and... cookies.
The moist amazing story of the Ukrainian traveling bread and a visit to Santa's workshop; guitar serenades from the Caucasus and sleigh rides a la Brazil (ok, a plastic sled); a Palestinian kickline to rival The Rockettes and Nevada's "PAX Angels" on a holiday mission; a three-page look back at International Education Week, two student poems, and one Christmas miracle...
[and a partridge in a pear tree?]
Minions, TEDx youth talks, leaf pile diving, and victory cheers… It's all in this month's highly-entertaining issue of the newspaper for exchange students, host families, and schools.
Autumn is upon us. You know what that means: hiking and homecoming; apple picking and corn mazes. And indeed, the PAX community has blessed us with a rich harvest of these fall classics—but also so much more: balloon fiestas and sunflower showers; two U.S. exchange families' intimate and ongoing relationships with "Good Old Germany"; our first report from a 2014/15 Student Alumni Representative; and two absolutely enviable works of art.
It’s the class of 2015/16’s first full-length issue! They’re growing green thumbs, volunteering in the community, marveling at the landscape, rubbing shoulders with senators, and sharing their culture with Americans of all stripes. Read all about it! (Don’t forget to watch the linked videos too.)
It's your first peek at the 2015/16 class! We have the intimate (student interviews), the inspiring (reflective student quotes), the statistical (multiple poll results), and the slightly embarrassing (PAX staff trying to speak Basque, German, Mandarin, Spanish, and Thai). It's all in the premier issue of PAX Press' 21st year!
Graduation, prom, and the end of the program year have host parents and students alike in a reflective mood, but while everyone is wrapping up with class, one student goes out with a fun touch of tackiness.
Pan (Peter), Poe, and Pugsly: As you'll see in this issue, fans received encore performances from many of our theatre students, but PAX Press readers won't be so lucky—this is it for this program year!
Baseball, camping, and hiking... spring has finally arrived for our patient PAX students and families! Beyond these activities in the increasingly hospitable outdoors, you might call this the "volunteering issue." Our international teens have been sharing their culture, time, and efforts serving meals, presenting traditional dances, tabling at cultural fairs, tending book nooks, readying community gardens for planting... and would like to tell you what they've learned.
Our students are finishing the winter in style; this issue is proof! Here's just a taste of what we have for you this time around: a close encounter with a Venus flytrap, an exciting update from a PAX alumnus, a Lunar New Year lambing miracle, another PAX student inducted into the National Honor Society… And just when you thought we were finished, we have S'mores!