International Student Exchange Blog

Read about the experiences of hosting an exchange student and studying abroad


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Tips and Tricks for Cultural Exchange in the Digital Age

Only a decade or two ago, international travel and cultural exchange looked very different than it does today. While handwritten letters and the occasional phone call used to be the preferred method for international communication, nowadays technology like Skype and Facetime allows exchange students to have face-to-face conversations with family and friends back home virtually […]

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Giving Back, at Home and Abroad

As a child, ISE senior program manager Tal Stanecky attended school and summer camp in the Middle East and Europe. That means he’s exceptionally aware of the challenges that potentially await an exchange student in their host countries. “What interested me and brought me to the job was a lot of the issues that those […]

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 of the American River’s foreshore. […]

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Mosquito nets, world travel, and child sponsorship: a word with Children Incorporated’s Shelley Callahan

Shelley Callahan is the director of development of Children Incorporated, a Virginia-based nonprofit that works to support children in need around the world. The organization has partnered with ISE for the ISE Gives Back initiative, which is designed to provide opportunities and support to these children, allowing them to grow, participate, and thrive in a […]

Above and Beyond: Exploring California

Esther Williams is an area representative in northern California. She is a stay-at-home mom of five. She is also a former exchange student who, just after high school, spent a year in Hiroshima, Japan. “I had lots of fond memories, and I was thinking a lot about my time there, and how I missed it […]

ISE Exchanges: Mariana

In northern California, near a big mountain known as Mount Shasta there is a small town with a population of 3,000 people named Weed. Weed is different from anything you can think about California, there is no beach and barely a summer. Well, 5 months ago when I went to Weed, I was frightened. Such […]

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Cultural Exchange Brings Families Together

 Via Laurie Swenson News – When Marcos Lopez became an exchange student in the United States, he brought two families together: his host family in rural McIntosh and his family back home in Spain. Marcos, 17, who just finished his junior year at Win-E-Mac High School in Erskine, spent the school year with Shawn and Tamera Ostenaa […]

The Importance of Volunteering

Every year, ISE exchange students participate in community service projects with the purpose of showing appreciation for the communities that open their hearts and homes each year. ISE’s community service program, Project HELP, provides an opportunity for students to get involved in their host communities while providing valuable support for local residents. In past years, students have volunteered […]

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7 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student

Each year, International Student Exchange unites students from all over the world with volunteer host families so that they can experience a new culture, enhance their language skills, make lasting relationships, and ultimately return to their home countries better prepared to become members of a connected and cooperative global community. Families who host an exchange […]

International Student Exchange Students Completed Over 25,000 Community Service Hours

Hauppauge, NY – May 28th, 2014 – The International Student Exchange (ISE), which places almost 3,000 foreign exchange students a year, completed over an estimated 25,000 community service hours through their program, Project HELP. ISE started a volunteer student program called “Project HELP” back in 2006. The program is designed to increase community service for […]

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Living An Enriched Life

SAYVILLE – For the past year, a Sayville family has hosted a special exchange student from Thailand as part of the International Student Exchange (ISE) Organization. Ploy Srisupavanich, a 17-year old girl from Bangkok, is now wrapping up her junior year at Sayville High School. She has experienced a great deal since coming to the United States, and […]

Michigan City High School is given the Partnership Achievement Award from International Student Exchange (ISE)

Michigan City, IN – March 31st, 2014 – Michigan City High School (MCHS) was given the Partnership Achievement Award from International Student Exchange. This award is given to high schools that showcase outstanding effort and dedication to their student exchange program. ISE, a student exchange program, has been working with Michigan City High School for […]

International Student Exchange Announces Their “Educator of the Year”

    Babylon, NY – January 14th, 2014 – International Student Exchange (ISE), announced that Susan Mordenti, from Logansport, IN, won the ISE “Educator of the Year” award for her exceptional work. The announcement came at ISE’s recent annual international conference. ISE, a student exchange organization, places over 2,800 international high school students each year […]

Luka Medzmariashvili wins the International Student Exchange 2013-2014 Jordan Nagler Memorial Scholarship

Babylon, NY – January 6th, 2014 – International Student Exchange (ISE), announced that Luka Medzmariashvili, from the Republic of Georgia, won the 2013-2014 Jordan Nagler Memorial Scholarship. ISE offers the Jordan Nagler Memorial Scholarship to their incoming exchange students. The scholarship is in honor of Jordan Nagler who was the Executive Director of ISE from […]

International Student Exchange (ISE) is Going to Work with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Providing Community Service Hours

ISE students next year are going to volunteer at Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country Hauppauge, NY – August 19th, 2013 – The International Student Exchange (ISE), which places almost 3,000 foreign exchange students a year, is partnering up with RMHC to provide community service hours, through the Charity’s cornerstone program – the Ronald McDonald […]