exchange students

Host families on the J-1 Secondary School program open their hearts and homes to foreign exchange students from around the world for a period of 5 months up to one academic year. CCI Greenheart's host parents, Gretchen and Mike, have hosted two foreign exchange students with disabilites, Natasha and Faruk. While Gretchen and Mike have found the experience of hosting foreign exchange students with disabilities challenging at times, they agree that overall it has been a deeply rewarding experience.

Author: CCI Greenheart

“Tonight he told us he has seen 4 kinds of dogs in America: a small dog, a big dog, a hot dog, and a corn dog, all with a twinkle in his eye.” (Ryan and Stacy, first-time host parents to Minh from Vietnam)

Author: CCI Greenheart

An exchange year for high school students is oftentimes a life-changing experience. Yet, the student is not the only one who grows and transforms. Local Coordinators, the individuals who find schools and volunteer host families in their communities, walk with the student throughout their exchange program and are the lucky ones to not only witness the change, but also experience it themselves. Here is a personal story from one Local Coordinator, who is also a managing Area Coordinator in Wisconsin for the Center for Cultural Interchange.

Author: CCI Greenheart

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