“Happiness is loving a child as if they were your own.”
Hosting / Life in the U.S.

“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.
Hosting / Life Abroad / Life in the U.S.

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

Why Should You Host an Exchange Student?
Int'l Education Week / Student Spotlight

Why Should You Host an Exchange Student?

Claudia, Aspect student featured in the video, returned home to Italy this past June after finishing her exchange year in Illinois. Carol and Joe, her host parents, wrote to us then about how much of a blessing it was to have her. You can find the post here: https://aspectblog.org/2015/06/29/new-daughters-and-sisters-in-illinois/   In honor of this we have rediscovered … Continue reading