Would you recommend international Experience-USA (iE-USA)?
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We have hosted several exchange students and have always benefitted from the experience. We have had some great kids over the years and continue our friendships with them and their families. They have enriched our lives in so many ways. And we have been able to visit them in their home countries as well. International experience provides excellent support throughout the entire process. We plan to continue hosting as long as we are able. Try it! You'll be glad you did.
We hosted a student from Germany for the 2009-2010 school year and it was delightful and rewarding experience for our entire family. Although he's been gone from our home for nearly three years, we are still in constant communication.....emailing, facebooking, and skyping. We have so much fun remembering all the silly things we did together, like teaching him that shouting "SHOTGUN" meant you wanted to ride in the front seat of the car. (When the kids first did this in front of him, he couldn't figure out what we were doing......were we going to shoot guns or what???) Our whole year was filled with fun experiences like these - him teaching us German customs and us teaching him American ways. I'm happy to say that we have also become very close friends with his parents, even taking several vacations together. In summary, participating in the i-E program was a life-changing experience for our entire family. I can now say I have 3 children......two in the US and one in Germany.
International Experience is a great student exchange program because it is small and the lines between the people working for iE are short. The students who participate have to prove that they are great and they are carefully screened but I have to say that too for the host families. It is like a big family! Recommended!
A wonderful organization with a wonderful support network for exchange students and host families. It's been a wonderful, rewarding experience.