International Student Exchange (ISE) Honors Its Founders Barbara and Bob Fink as Part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Founders of International Student Exchange were honored last Monday as ISE celebrates their 30th anniversary.

The founders of International Student Exchange, Barbara and Bob Fink, were honored and thanked by current CEO Wayne Brewer last Monday as ISE celebrates their 30th anniversary.

Accepting the award was Julie Maes, Bob’s sister and a current ISE Manager. Bob and Barbara founded the company in 1982 and Julie started her managerial career as well in that year. Bob was unable to accept the award personally due to Barbara’s recent passing.

Bob and Barbara were host parents on several occasions prior to starting ISE in 1982. They were not happy with the exchange company from which their students came and decided that they could do better. They felt that if the exchange program was designed to bring people of the world closer together, than it had to be operated in a qualitative manner.

Thirty years later, ISE is proud to state that it still maintains the same mission that Bob and Barbara put forth and its J-1 Secondary School Program. ISE still maintains the high level and spirit that its founders demanded in 1982.

ISE is very proud and grateful for the vision and devotion of its two founders.

About International Student Exchange:
ISE was founded in 1982. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people of the world closer together through student exchange and intercultural education.

Based on the materials submitted by ISE and reviewed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), an independent national educational organization founded in 1984, ISE has been granted a listing every year. Indicative of its high level of professionalism and respect within the foreign exchange industry, ISE is designated by the Department of State as an official sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program.

ISE is headquartered on Long Island, 60 minutes from Manhattan. Forty-four fully staffed Regional Offices are strategically located in the United States. ISE cooperates with over 100 independent foreign agencies in over 45 countries around the world for the recruitment and placement of students in American homes. The company’s information is available at

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