Why We Need Student Exchange
We are always being told to look at things from a new perspective. It is an essential part of resolving conflict. A way to finding solutions to difficult problems. Who hasn’t been asked to ‘think outside of the box’, right? By opening our minds to different approaches and understanding why people do things in certain ways we remove barriers that allow us to have a wider picture, giving us the ability to take advantage of ideas and experiences we may not have done before.
As our world becomes ever more mixed in cultures and races we find ourselves swirling in a sea of differences. We have never had such an opportunity to learn from one another, share our beliefs and values about that which are foreign, that which define and that which unite us, and in the process grow.
So what does any of this have to do with student exchange?
International Experience, - USA (iE-USA), a high school student exchange organization, is founded on the belief of learning from each other, sharing what we hold sacred to us and growing from the experiences and relationships that arise to create a world where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated. When we invite exchange students into our communities – to share in our schools, play on our teams, and sit at our tables – we invite a new perspective!
The U.S. is expected to welcome hundreds of thousands of exchange students for the 2018/2019 academic year. iE-USA’s exchange student participants are between the ages of 14-18 and come from many countries including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Austria. Each student undergoes an extensive application process and is responsible for their own spending money and insurance. Host families provide a bed, quiet place to study and meals for a semester or full academic year.
Interested in impacting the international youth of today and your entire community, while earning a bit of money while you do it? Become an iE Local Coordinator. A flexible role that allows you to find host families, place or supervise students.
To learn more about how you can experience cultural exchange in your own home and community as a Host Family or Local Coordinator, contact Local Coordinator, Sarah Boucher at firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-331-3460. You can also visit our website at www.iE-USA.org.