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4 Reasons Small Towns are Perfect for Hosting Exchange Students

When students and host families think of studying abroad with ISE, thoughts of big cities, notable landmarks, and cultural icons often come to mind. New York City, the Grand Canyon, the “Hollywood” sign— people who live outside America expect to see the things that they have seen time and time…

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5 Helpful Tips for Hosting an Exchange Student (From Host Families!)

The decision to become a host family for an international high school exchange student is definitely an exciting one. You’re about to bring in a new member of the family, forge lifelong relationships, and create memories that you’ll cherish forever. It’s a big event — and big events require some…

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HELPing Out on the American River Parkway

Students involved with the International Student Exchange, along with host families and members of Team Giving and the American River Parkway Foundation, spent a recent Saturday cleaning up Mile Zero South of the American River Parkway, in Sacramento, California. The American River Parkway runs 23 miles, covering approximately 5,000 acres…

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What to Expect and Helpful Tips for Hosting an Exchange Student

Two short weeks ago, a friend, Shena, who is an  area representative for the International Student Exchange, messaged me asking, “I have a weird question for you, but have you ever thought about being a host family for an International Student Exchange (ISE) student?” I was very interested, but I knew…