Would you recommend international Experience-USA (iE-USA)?
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We were a volunteer host family for a young lady from Spain, we had an amazing year! This is a great program for singles, empty nesters (like were were) and all types of families, young and established. The local coordinator, Sharyn was great and always available if we needed anything. Our student had a great school year, was active and made friends, she blended in to our lifestyle wonderfully. Can't wait to do it again and visit our new daughter next year in her home county.
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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.
As a host family, I have worked with other organizations as well as iE. The biggest difference for me is the way it is organized. The people over seas are communicating directly with the people in the states. Instead of two separate organizations transferring the students to the host families, it is all one organization, one organization that really cares about the experience of the students and the host families.
The Local Coordinators make the biggest difference and are key in making the student's exchange year the best it can be. They are also right there to make certain that the host family is having a great experience and wants to host again.
I would only want to host with iE, and I would have no concerns about sending my teen on an exchange year with iE.
iE is a very hands-on organization that really goes out of their way to make sure that both host families and exchange students feel supported throughout the tenure of the exchange. They check in monthly with the students and families, organize gatherings for the students, have orientations before the students' arrivals and prior to their departures. They NEVER let host families feel like they're "on their own" when it comes to hosting an exchange students.
They work with families and students to makes sure that any issues that might come up are taken care of sensitively and diplomatically. Their students really are great kids, and I highly recommend that if you're considering hosting that you go through iE-- they're AWESOME!
The people who work for iE really care about the students and host families they work with. In my experience, they've been helpful and trustworthy. I would absolutely recommend!
I would recommend this organization to my friends because I have experienced myself how great it is. I am an exchange student and iE helped me a lot during my 10 month stay in the U.S.
They really try to give their students a really good experience and care a lot about them.
You won't regret to choose iE!
I am a host parent and local coordinator through this organization. It's great!! They are organized, professional, caring and thorough. I like an organization that follows the rules, not only their own, but also the federal guidelines. Their people are well trained and are REAL people, so when you call, you don't just get a recording. : )
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!
International Experience consistently brings great exchange students to the United States. The staff works well with their host families and students and develops a real relationship with them
A wonderful organization with a wonderful support network for exchange students and host families. It's been a wonderful, rewarding experience.