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Announcing ACE – A New Exchange Program!

Participating in exchange programs carries many benefits, such as learning about a new culture and acquiring or improving a new language. Working with our students from around the world, we have seen this firsthand. While one of the more obvious goals is for students to learn about a new culture, they also wind up learning so much about themselves. It has been such an honor to play a small role in this personal growth for students coming to the US, and we look forward to doing so for years to come. However, we’re also passionate about giving that opportunity to students in America who are curious to learn more about themselves and world around them. That’s why we are so excited to be launching ACE – our very first outbound exchange program!

What is ACE?

We are thrilled to be returning to our roots for ACE, which stands for Adoptee Cultural Exchange. Alongside our parent company, Great Wall China Adoption, we have partnered with a leading international adoption agency in Spain to create an exchange opportunity between Chinese adoptees living in the United States and Spain.

The exchange will take place this summer. First, American children will travel to enjoy 3 weeks in Spain. They will live with a family who has also adopted from China. Then, children from both countries will return to the United States to share another 3 weeks of vacation together. Through 6 weeks of summer fun, each child has the opportunity to share feelings and experiences with another child who has traveled the same journey as them. The children will be hosted in homes where adoption and everything it entails is treated as normal.

International adoption can involve confusion in identity and belonging for the child. Experiencing a new culture will allow the adoptees to better internalize that difference is positive and enriching. In their daily lives, they are accustomed to experiencing cultural similarity and physical differences. With ACE, the similarities will be physical and the differences cultural. It is our hope that this will aid the children in their process of cultural and ethnic identification.

Program Details

This program is open to any Chinese adoptee between the ages of 14 and 19. The American children will travel to Spain on July 2, 2018. They’ll return to the US with their Spanish counterpart on July 23. The Spanish children will remain until August 12. 

Families will pay a fee of $2,500. This includes program facilitation, insurance, flights, room and board for the child while in Spain, and 24/7 support from GWCA and ACI.

Questions? Click here for more information or to receive a copy of our info packet. We are so excited to be starting this journey and hope that you will join us!

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Summer Fun for Everyone

It’s getting hot outside, and that can only mean one thing: we are getting close to summer break! Soon, kids all over the world will be trading homework for fun in the sun. Everyone has a favorite summer activity, whether it’s swimming, sports, watermelon eating contests, or enjoying a good book inside with AC! And just like American kids, our exchange students have their preferred ways to enjoy the summer.

Summer FunPenny from China loves to swim when it’s hot outside. In addition to being able to cool off, she says it’s a great way to stay strong. You’re more likely to find Federico from Spain inside during the summer, where he’s reading books, watching films (his favorite genre is horror) or listening to The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Amos enjoys playing soccer in his home country of China, but he says he’s hoping to learn basketball in the US. When it gets too hot outside at home, you might find him practicing calligraphy that his grandfather taught him. Maybe he could teach you a thing or two! Ana from Spain spends her summer traveling and playing as many sports as possible – her favorites are basketball and tennis.

While our students have different interests, they all have the same dream of spending a year in the United States with a loving host family. They can’t wait to go for a hike with you, learn your favorite sport, and just become another member of the family. SAE is recruiting host families all summer long – reach out today to keep the fun continuing all throughout the 2018/19 school year!

To learn more about our students and all of their diverse interests, check out our photolisting here!

Or, if you’re ready to host one of these awesome students, fill out a free host family application here.

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Student Interviews: Meet Ed!

It’s been so fun receiving exchange student applications and looking at the wonderful group of students we are placing for the 2018-2019 academic year! In addition to the applications they submit, we conduct interviews with each student over Skype to get to know them and learn more about them. Each kid is different in their own way, and interviews are the perfect time for them to shine! Learn more from our interview with Ed, below!

Student Interviews: Meet Ed!

 

Ed is a well rounded kid who was fun to interview!

Q: Tell me about your family.

A: My family is very kind. I live with my father and mother, and my grandmother also lives with us.

 

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: English. I think it’s important to learn English and different languages are good to know.

 

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

A: I would like to fly!

 

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: The United States of course! Also, I would like to go to Japan.

 

If you’d like more information on hosting Ed, reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org! You can also visit our photolisting to see more about Ed or any of the other exchange students.

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Student Letters: Meet Federico

Each of our exchange student’s write a unique letter to their future host family, and these letters are a great way to get a feel for their personality and lifestyle. Take a look at Federico’s letter below!

Student Letters: Meet Federico!

 

Dear host family,

My name is Federico, but everyone calls me Fede. I am 16 years old now and I will be 17 the next september 3rd., so I will celebrate my next birthday in USA. My family and friends describe me as a spontaneous, creative and fun person. I live in Spain with my older brother Miguel and my father.

I am the third of 5 siblings, I have three sisters and one brother. My two little sisters live in Chile with my mother, her name is Daniela and she works designing purse and bags. She also paints and do pottery.

I am a responsible and orderly person, within the family environment I always try to do everything in a good mood. With my father and my bother I always spend very good times and I laugh a lot. I’m the one who cooks the most in my house because I like it a lot, as much as cooking as eating and trying new types of food. My favorite type of food is indian food, I love currys, and even I love healthy food as vegetables and fruits.

I did a 2 years cinema course where I learned photography and recording methods and many other important things about cinema, that I loved. I am the president of the school board of my school. For me, culture and art are very important because in my family it has always been given a lot of importance and I have been educated on it. I belong to a family of artist, my paternal grandfather was a realist painter and my grandmother also painted and my grandmother also painted and wrote books. one of
them is been launch next week in Madrid and talks about the life of his family in New York after the Spanish civil war. My great uncle is Federico Garcia Lorca, a poet and a writer from the 27 generation of the XX century in spain.

I love drawing, writing, listening to music, watching movies and taking photos. I like hang out with my friend, we used to spend time together in our houses, going to cinema, art shows, hiking in the mountains and most of all skiing.

I am a person of easy coexistence, with desire to know new cultures and new people, I know how to cook and I do not mind helping with household chores. I am clean neat and respectful. In my day to day what frustrates me most and I find it difficult are the math and physics which are two subjects that cost me a lot because I consider myself to be a more creative and artistic person.

One obstacle that I had to overcome was the separation of my parents which was very painful for me, but I decided to see the positive side and face that situation and enjoy the best of both. I’m still not quite sure what I want to study but I would like something like design or audiovisual. I look forward to living the experience of a school year in USA which my father and my brother already lived, I think this experience is going to be very rewarding for both me and my host family. I am looking forward to get to know you and I am very thankful that you consider hosting me for one year, I hope be part of
your family.

FEDERICO

 

If you think Federico would be a great match for your family, read more about him on our photolisting and reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org today!

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Student Interviews: Meet Maria!

It’s been so fun receiving exchange student applications and looking at the wonderful group of students we are placing for the 2018-2019 academic year! In addition to the applications they submit, we conduct interviews with each student over Skype to get to know them and learn more about them. Each kid is different in their own way, and interviews are the perfect time for them to shine! Learn more from our interview with Maria, below!

Student Interviews: Meet Maria!

 

Maria is a sweet and quirky girl who is sure to make you smile!

Q: Tell me about yourself.

A: I love to skate very much. I also like animals, drawing, and I like to make crafts.

 

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Oh that is hard to choose. I like cookies,  and also soup.

 

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

A: I would read the minds of people.

 

Q: Are you ready to participate in host family life?

A: Yes! I’m very excited for that.

 

If you’d like more information on hosting Maria, reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org! You can also visit our photolisting to see more about Maria or any of the other exchange students.

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Student Letters: Meet Roy!

Each of our exchange student’s write a unique letter to their future host family, and these letters are a great way to get a feel for their personality and lifestyle. Take a look at Roy’s letter below!

Student Letters: Meet Roy!

 

Dear host family,

Hello everyone! It’s the first time I write a piece of letter to a host family. So I am a little nervous. And first of all thanks for considering accepting me. I’m looking forward to be a good friend with you and a new member of your family.

My English name is Roy. Now I am 16 years old. I am a student in grade 10. I like going to school because I can study, talk, eat with my classmates there. I’m a little shy, and I get a little nervous when I meet a stranger. My parents and friends consider that I’m a friendly boy. I live with my parents. And they love with each other. My father is a knowledge person and he care about news. He sometimes watches TV after dinner, but he often works out. My mother wants to be a baker, she loves bake, she often make cookies for me. And I like to watch movies on my phone. Marvel movie is my favorite. I like spider-Man best, because he is a high school student, so am I.

I have a pet, it’s a dog, It’s named MaoMao, it’s 5 years old. First time I met MaoMao, it is under the table, it looks scared or shy, I have no idea why it was here. Until my mother tell me it is my new pet. It has black and white fur. And it doesn’t like taking a shower.

Beijing is the capital of China. It is also one of the fastest developing cities in China. Beijing has more than 20 million citizens. I am so proud that I was born in Beijing. Because in here you can communicate with the world more easily. Beijing is a dry city. It hasn’t rained from August, 2017 to February this year. There are a lot of delicious food in Beijing, Beijing Roast Duck is my favorite. I like sunny in Beijing. But Beijing often haze in winter. And we still working hard on changing it. It’s become better now.

I have studied English for three years. I have heard that studying abroad is good for my English. So I’m eager to catch this opportunity. I like traveling. I want to travel around the world when I grow up. But first I need to be a walking dictionary.

I spend time for my hobby. I have a lot of hobby. I like playing baseball, playing basketball and go hiking. l like taking picture anywhere and anytime. At home, I not only do my own things by myself such as washing clothes and tiding room, but also bear a little housework such as sweeping the floor and taking out the trash. In addition, I can also cook some simple Chinese food.

Do you have any advice for me? Are there any poisonous animals?What should I pay attention to?

Finally, I would like to thank you for accepting me to live with you and your family. I’m looking forward to meeting you soon.

 

ROY

 

If you think Roy would be a great match for your family, read more about him on our photolisting and reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org today!

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Student Interviews: Meet Sergio!

It’s been so fun receiving exchange student applications and looking at the wonderful group of students we are placing for the 2018-2019 academic year! In addition to the applications they submit, we conduct interviews with each student over Skype to get to know them and learn more about them. Each kid is different in their own way, and interviews are the perfect time for them to shine! Learn more from our interview with Sergio, below!

Student Interviews: Meet Sergio!

 

Sergio is a laidback, talented, and mature kid who we think could make friends with almost anyone!

Q: Why do you want to go to the United States?

A: I think it will be a nice opportunity to learn American culture, and I do want to improve my English. That is important for my future. I want to grow and get more life experience.

 

Q: Are you ready to participate in host family life?

A: Yes. I’m good at talking with people and I like meeting new people so I don’t think it will be a problem.

 

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

A: Flying, or maybe breathing underwater.

 

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: I like sports! Also music and hanging out with my friends. 

 

If you’d like more information on hosting Sergio, reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org! You can also visit our photolisting to see more about Sergio or any of the other exchange students.

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Student Interviews: Meet Sofia!

It’s been so fun receiving exchange student applications and looking at the wonderful group of students we are placing for the 2018-2019 academic year! In addition to the applications they submit, we conduct interviews with each student over Skype to get to know them and learn more about them. Each kid is different in their own way, and interviews are the perfect time for them to shine! Learn more from our interview with Sofia, below!

Student Interviews: Meet Sofia!

 

Sofia is a sweet and happy girl who was really fun to interview!

Q: Tell me about yourself

A: I like to be funny and to have with my friends and family. My friends come to me with their problems because I’m good at listening. I like to help people a lot.

 

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: I really like art, but I hate math!

 

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: photography is my favorite. I practice Tennis two times a week, and I dance two times a week. I also like makeup and shopping and traveling.

 

Q: Why do you want to go to the United States?

A: I know it will be a good experience, and I want to improve my English. I want to make friends there and have a really good time!

 

If you’d like more information on hosting Sofia, reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org! You can also visit our photolisting to see more about Sofia or any of the other exchange students.

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Student Interviews: Meet Curt!

It’s been so fun receiving exchange student applications and looking at the wonderful group of students we are placing for the 2018-2019 academic year! In addition to the applications they submit, we conduct interviews with each student over Skype to get to know them and learn more about them. Each kid is different in their own way, and interviews are the perfect time for them to shine! Learn more from our interview with Curt, below!

Student Interviews: Meet Curt!

Meet Curt Exchange Student from China

 

Curt is a laid back student who wasn’t afraid to show his enthusiasm for drumming!

Q: Tell me about yourself

A: I am 17 years old and I’m an only child. I have many hobbies such as football and drumming. I have been drumming for over 10 years, but maybe I wouldn’t be considered a good drummer in America because America has a lot of good drummers.

 

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: I love gray! It’s my lucky color. (He was wearing a gray shirt during our video interview with him)

 

Q: Are you ready to participate in host family life?

A: I have built and made relationships and friendships before, so I think this is good for me to build a relationship with my host family when I’m in the US.

 

If you’d like more information on hosting Curt, reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org! You can also visit our photolisting to see more about Curt or any of the other exchange students.

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Meet Ana from Spain

Meet Ana from Spain! She’s a high school exchange student who’s in need of a host family for the 2018-2019 academic school year. Ana is excited for the opportunity to study in the US and learn about American culture. Read below to get to know Ana!

Can you tell us about yourself?

“My name is Ana, and I am 14 years old. My family and friends describe me as an independent, happy, friendly, a bit shy at first sight, generous, competitive, perfectionist, and sportive person.”

Can you tell us about your family?

“I have two younger brothers, and sometimes I take care of them. We have different personalities. I am calmer than them, and I am more independent.”

Why do you want to study abroad in the US?

“I would like to live in the USA one year because I want to improve my English and have a lot of good experiences there. I want to be part of an American family because some people told me that you can enjoy the experience more. I have chosen the USA because people are open-minded, and I like the hospitality the Americans have.”

What type of hobbies do you have?

“I enjoy a lot going out with my friends and doing different things. I do a lot of sports, I love it. I play basketball (I am the team captain), paddle tennis, I ride horses, and in the winter time I go skiing with my family. In the summer, I love to go to the beach. I also love to listen to music, go with my friends to take photos, cook dessert, and go to Madrid downtown.”

Do you have any plans for the future?

“My plans for the future are to continue studying and get a university degree. I still don’t know what I want to study in the future. So far, what I like most is to be a home interior designer.”

Want to learn more about Ana?

If you think Ana would be a great match for your family, reach out to a Program Coordinator at info@saeglobal.org today! For more information about hosting an exchange student, sign up for our upcoming Host Family Informational Webinar!

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