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

No Cold Feet for Yousaf!

Finally, Wisconsin got its beautiful snow. It slowly descended around us until I woke up to find that everything outside was covered in beautiful…

Exchange students stand under Utah waterfall.

Taking the Plunge

It’s always busy when our students first arrive. They go to orientation, overcome first day jitters, and meet other students. They learn a lot of thin…

Exchange students during a hike in Maine.

Mile...Mile and a Half

PAX exchange is all about trying new and different things, so how about some hiking? Adelina from Kyrgyzstan and her fellow students went with her hos…

Exchange Student from Arab Communities of Israel holding a butterfly net.

Fly on By, Butterfly

Every PAX exchange student who volunteers their time has an interesting story to tell. Zina, from the Arab Communities of Israel, is spending her year…

Exchange Students Wearing Cheese Heads

Did Someone Say Cheese?

Every state in the U.S. has its own special traditions, cuisine, and culture. In Wisconsin, a lot of those things involve cheese! Wisconsin is the 23r…

Rock on, Marzaan!

I have been lucky enough to experience the Mexican culture very intimately. I went to my first Day of the Dead Festival. This is the day where familie…

Exchange Student Runs 5k

Running Into New Adventures

Each year our students and their host families take a leap of faith. They know that traveling to a new country or hosting an exchange student carries…

Southwestern Sizzle

I've had a great first month. In addition to hanging out on a bench with Einstein, my host family and I went to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Villag…

Jumping Right In!

Although getting to Orlando was an adventure in itself, it was worth it in the end! After a much-delayed bus trip, seven students and I arrived at the…

Former exchange student teaching English in the Arab Communities of Israel

Teaching English Back Home

All PAX exchange students arrive speaking English at a level that will allow them to be successful at their American high school. After being immersed…