25 Years of PAX Press

The newspaper for exchange students, host families, and schools first appeared in 1995. Though the now-entirely-digital publication may seem a long way from the original newsprint, the stories are much the same: becoming family, discovering school spirit, getting to know the community, appreciating the joys of addition to colorful anecdotes about cultural differences, thoughtful look backs at the impact of the program, and much more!

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. Email your stories, photos, and videos to the PAX Press team to be featured in the next issue.

A Slice of History

Whether you missed last month's edition or are interested in scanning the archives of PAX history, you'll find links to back issues through 2010 at the bottom of this page.

July2017 ThumbnailPAX students travel thousands of miles to the U.S. in order to experience one of the most intense and profound cultural exchange experiences. That said, technology allows for other opportunities to connect across cultures—without ever stepping on an airplane.

We asked our students what ways they could think of to connect the youth in their home country with young Americans. From a first-person video of a day in the life of a Balinese high school student to a choreographed dance number on the steps of Kyrgyz high school, PAX students responded as creatively as ever! On the more serious side, students also waded into bilateral, technology-aided conversations on topics such as women's issues, minority rights, and freedom of speech.

It's all in this special edition of PAX Press!

June2017 Thumbnail"Time flies. Goodbye day arrived. At the airport, tears were shed and in the days that followed, we realized that hosting Janai had enriched our hearts, minds, and spirits, leaving us with hope in a mad world. We think of her often, and when guests visit, they will stay in a room now called the 'Janai Room.'"

—Carl Sharp (AL), host dad of Janai (FLEX, Kyrgyzstan)

In addition to many more heartfelt reflections and farewells in our final issue, enjoy student observations on the Better Understanding for a Better World Conference, heartening updates from alumnae, and the long-awaited conclusion of the Ten Top Teens video series....a positive message to cap off a positively-inspiring year of PAX exchange.

May2017ThumbnailThis month: Track, tennis, and lacrosse. Cross-country spring breaks. Word from an old friend in Kyiv. The Ten Top Teens series continues. The exchange experience illustrated. Civic Education Week and Earth Day. Updates from all five PAX Means Peace Scholars. & Easter Bunny hats to die for!

March 2017 Thumbnail CoverThis 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.

PAX Press January CoverThumbnailSkiing, 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.)

PAX Press December Cover ThumbnailHave 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!

November2016 PAXPress ThumbnailAn 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)!

October2016 CoverThumbnailPumpkin 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!

September2016 CoverThumbnailMeet 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.

August2016 CoverThumbnailIt'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

June2016ThumbnailThe 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.

April2016 CoverThumbnailYou 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!

March2016 CoverOnlyIt'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.

February2016Small sous chefs, snowy swan dives, slam dunks, storm troopers, and Louisiana celebrations...laissez les bons temps rouler!

Jan2016 Cover5Space 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.

PAXPressDecember ThumbnailThe 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?]

PAXPress November2015 VolXXI No4 ThumbnailMinions, 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.

October2015 VolXXI No3 ThumbnailAutumn 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.)

August2015It'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!

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