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The 4 Best Perks of Being an ISE Area Representative

Any International Student Exchange area representative will tell you that this job isn’t for everyone. Area representatives are a key part of ISE’s mission to bring cultures and people together through study abroad, which doesn’t come without its challenges. Superb time management, a great work ethic, and a knack for…

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The Inside Scoop on Being an ISE Area Representative — According to an Expert

Brenda Hendrickson can hardly remember the day she became an area representative — after all, it was nearly a decade ago. She recalls seeing an advertisement on Craigslist, and can vaguely remember the job description: to help connect foreign exchange students with American host families, and all that entails. Though…

Jennifer at the Roman Colosseum in Italy

Notes from the Global Classroom — A Conversation with Jennifer Miller

For Jennifer Miller — an elementary school social studies and geography teacher in Jackson County, Indiana — the exchange student experience began well before she would become an educator.   During high school, Jennifer met an exchange student from Germany that would quickly become a close friend. Looking back, she…

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Can I Get Paid to Host an Exchange Student? — J1 vs F1 Exchange Programs for Host Families

Each year, thousands of international exchange students travel to the US to experience American culture and academics on J1 and F1 visas. J1 and F1 visa exchange programs all serve a similar purpose: to connect people and cultures from around the world. There are plenty of reasons to host an…

Host mother welcoming two exchange students

Ways to Recruit Exchange Student Host Families

Looking for ways to recruit volunteer host families in your area? This may seem daunting to a new Area Representative, but rest assured – ISE matches over 2,000 students each year with loving volunteer families across the US. Here are some of our most successful methods for finding great families…