Hosting a foreign exchange student not only is an opportunity to share what you love most about the U.S., it helps you see the U.S. through fresh eyes.
Port Chester, New York (PRWEB) July 02, 2013
As families across the U.S. gather for the 4th of July, it's natural to want to share the best of America with the youth of the world. What better way to build bridges and expand a young person's worldview than by hosting an exchange student? PAX - Program of Academic Exchange invites families to consider hosting a student for the coming school year.
"The 4th of July is a great time to think about sharing your America with an exchange student from another country," says president Bradley Smith. “Hosting a foreign exchange student not only is an opportunity to share what you love most about the U.S., it helps you see the U.S. through fresh eyes.”
Smith invites local families to host an exchange student sponsored by PAX. For families who have already opened their home to a student, Smith encourages them to share their experience on the PAX Facebook page.
“Ahmed from Egypt is a treasure to us and we have loved having him this year,” says the Christensen family from Pasco, Washington. “One thing that strikes me with the exchange program is that each student gets a different view of America. There is no one, singular American experience. Each family has their own America to share.”
PAX students from 70 European, South American, Asian and African countries, are eager to experience American activities such as backyard barbecues, birthday celebrations and holidays, and to share their country and culture with their host families.
The students travel to the U.S. each August for the upcoming school year. "PAX exchange students are typically 15-18 years old, have studied English for at least three years, and are motivated to learn more about the U.S. by attending high school and living with a host family," said Smith. "They are covered by comprehensive medical insurance and have their own spending money."
Volunteer host families provide PAX students with a warm and supportive home environment, a seat at the family dinner table, a bed, a quiet place to study and encouragement to engage in everyday American life. All types of families—single parents, young couples, retirees and parents with teenagers—are welcome to host.
For more information about PAX and hosting an international exchange student, call 800-555-6211 or visit http://www.pax.org.
Founded in 1990, PAX is a non-profit educational organization and one of a select few U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program’s chosen to participate in the prestigious U.S. government sponsored FLEX, YES, and A-SMYLE programs. Each year, more than 1100 teenagers visit the U.S. as PAX exchange students.