Why I became an exchange student – Renata from Brazil!
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Why I became an exchange student – Renata from Brazil!

Thinking about studying in the USA? What about hosting an international exchange student? Don’t take our word for how life-changing the experience can be for everyone involved. Hear it directly from Aspect students and families themselves! This week we have Renata from Brazil who is studying and living in Utah with her wonderful host family! … Continue reading

Student Spotlight: Anastasiia M. from Ukraine
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Student Spotlight: Anastasiia M. from Ukraine

Today’s Student Spotlight features a lovely student from the Ukraine located in Alvarado, TX staying with the Atkins family, nominated by our area field manager, Sherri. Anastasiia M. is studying here on a Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) scholarship program sponsored by the US Department of State. Here are some sweet words from host mom, Penny: Anastasiia is polite and … Continue reading

Thank You Thursday – July 7th, 2016
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Thank You Thursday – July 7th, 2016

Aspect Foundation’s inbox is flooded with notes from students (and host parents!) expressing their gratitude for the experience they have had with student exchange. On Thursdays, we post one of these notes, sharing the “warm fuzzies” with all of you!

Today’s Thank You Thursday features Host Mom Angie in Texas, who thanks her Aspect Foundation student Andreas from Norway. Continue reading

“Happiness is loving a child as if they were your own.”
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“Happiness is loving a child as if they were your own.”

Annette and her husband Max wavered for years about making the decision to host an exchange student. It never felt like the right time. After finally deciding that there was no “right time,” Annette and Max took in Esther, an Aspect student from Germany. Annette was kind enough to speak with us about her experience becoming a host parent, welcoming Esther into her home and growing together as a family. Continue reading

True or False: Our kids are too young for hosting exchange students.
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True or False: Our kids are too young for hosting exchange students.

One of the most common assumptions people make about hosting an exchange student is that only families with teenagers at home have much to benefit. “Our kids are too young; it won’t be meaningful,” or “Isn’t it better to wait until the kids are in high school?” are often heard concerns. Tiffney, a host mom with … Continue reading