Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Student Ambassador Exchange! Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. It is celebrated around the world. The holiday begins on the Chinese Lunar New Year and lasts about 15 days. A different animal from the Chinese zodiac is celebrated each year, and 2018 is the year of the dog!

Chinese New Year is a time for families to get together. Traditions include feasting on New Year food like dumplings, giving red envelopes with “lucky” money, watching lion dances, and setting off fireworks. The color red is popular during festivities because it symbolizes happiness, prosperity, and good luck in Chinese culture. Common greetings include”Xīnnián kuàilè” (meaning “New Year happiness”) and “Gōngxǐ fācái” (meaning “happiness and propserity”).

Want to learn more about Chinese culture?

You can host a Chinese student and learn about their holiday traditions! We are currently matching students for the 2018-2019 school year. Visit our photo listing to meet our available students and check back regularly to meet any new students added. Contact us today to find out how you can change one student’s life through education and cultural exchange!

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Student Letters: Meet Sofia!

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 Sofia’s letter below!

Student Letters: Meet Sofia!

Hello,
My name is Sofia and I’m 14 years old. I live in Spain with my mother, my father, my brother, and my dog. I’m currently in 9th grade. All of my professors think I’m a nice student because I get good grades and my behavior is good. Outside of classes, I swim and do sports. I also play tennis and dance 2 days a week, but not in school. Last year, I played basketball 3 days a week and on Sundays I would compete in matches.
My hobbies are photography (I love taking photos of landscapes and animals), makeup and fashion (because I love shopping), and traveling to different countries and cities. I also love watching football (soccer), listening to music, meeting with friends, and watching movies and TV shows.
During the week I go to school from 9 AM to 5 PM, then I come home, study, and some days I go to tennis or dance. Other days I will go to a fitness center. On the weekends I meet up with my friends and go out with my family.
My relationship with my family is very good. We are close and love each other. My role in the family is to help with anything I can and be an educated, intelligent, and kind girl.
In the future, my plans are to go to university and make a career in odontology. I would love to be a dentist and have my own clinic.
A family should host me because I’m nice, and all my friends and family say that I help all the people, and because I love spending time with family.
I can’t wait to meet you!

Sofia

 

If you think Sofia would be a great match for your family, read more about her on our photolisting and reach out to a program coordinator at info@saeglobal.org today!

 

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Student Interviews: Meet Nora!

It’s been so fun receiving 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 Nora, below!

Student Interviews: Meet Nora!

Exchange Student Nora

Interview with Exchange Student Nora

Nora is an especially smiley and talkative girl who couldn’t help but make our staff smile along with her!

Q: Tell me about yourself

A: I love sports and dancing and I like to think I am responsible with my studies. Sometimes I’m hyper and sometimes I’m lazy, but I’m always talkative and I love to hang out with my friends. My favorite sports are volleyball, basketball, soccer…and I also enjoy swimming.

 

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: PE! But seriously, I like physics and I like chemistry. Even though I’m not great at it, I enjoy it. I hate math.

 

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

A: I’ve always been attracted to the USA. I got the chance to go to New York last summer and I loved it! I also want to learn many new things…..the culture, the people. I think this is a good chance to grow as a person.

 

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

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New Students from Spain

We are looking forward to welcoming new exchange students from Spain to the United States this upcoming fall semester! We are currently seeking host families for these high school students during the 2018-2019 school year. These kids have amazing backgrounds and interests, and they’re excited to experience life in the United States. Through hosting, they can call another family their own and call the US home! This is the perfect opportunity for your family to participate in cultural exchange.

Meet our newest students seeking host families

Nora is a 14-year-old girl who is outgoing and has lots of hobbies! She enjoys dancing, playing violin, writing, playing sports, and more. She visited New York last year and is excited to learn more about American culture.
Jaime is a 16 year-old boy who is active and easygoing. His favorite activity is skiing in the winter, but he also enjoys summer activities like swimming. He can’t wait to visit the US and improve his English.
Sofia is a bubbly 14-year-old girl whose favorite thing to do is help people. She loves art and wants to be a dentist one day. She’s excited to build a relationship with her host family.
Sergio is a 14-year-old boy who’s exceptionally creative and active. His favorite activities include playing sports like soccer, playing the piano, and singing. He also loves to cook with his family. He’s looking forward to getting to know his host family!

For photos and more information about our students, visit our photo listing or contact us at info@saeglobal.org! Check out our photo listing regularly, as we’ll be adding new students. Spots for host families are limited, so click here to submit a FREE application today! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn about another culture, share new experiences, and create a lifelong connection.

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SAE Holidays

In December, our host families and exchange students celebrated the holidays together. Students experienced American holiday traditions for the first time, like decorating a Christmas tree and exchanging gifts. It’s heartwarming seeing our families and students bond with each other. Hosting a student is like having a new son, daughter, brother, or sister in your family.

Check out some of the fun activities our students and families shared below! We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and look forward to the new year. Stay tuned for highlights from our January SAE event!

Student exchange is a fantastic way to share American traditions like Christmas with a student and learn about traditions in their home country. If you aren’t hosting a student right now and are interested, now is the time to sign up! We are currently matching students for the 2018-2019 school year! You can have the chance to share new experiences with them too.

Visit our photo listing to meet our waiting students and check back regularly to meet any new students added. You can also sign up to be a backup host family or submit a FREE application now to host a student in the future! Contact us today to find out how you can change one student’s life through education and cultural exchange!

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Winter Wonder

Winter is finally here! It’s getting chilly outside, and it’s the perfect time for host families and exchange students to enjoy fun winter activities together! Our students might be new to American winter traditions, so here is a list of 10 ideas of how you can have a blast together this winter:

1. Decorate a Christmas Tree

Whether or not you purchase a Christmas tree from a store or a Christmas tree farm, it’s fun to decorate it with ornaments, Christmas lights, and more! Try making homemade decorations as a fun craft to do together.

2. Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is a classic winter activity that can be done indoors and outdoors! If you or your student are new to ice skating, you can try taking ice lessons together.

3. Give Gifts

In America, it’s typical to give gifts to friends and family for the holidays. You can exchange gifts on Christmas or play fun gift games like White Elephant or Secret Santa!

4. Build a Snowman

If it’s snowing in your area, building a snowman is a fun winter tradition! You can decorate your snowman with materials like sticks, vegetables, and more.

5. Have a Snowball Fight

Have a ball battling with each other in a snowball fight using real snowballs or “indoor” snowballs!

6. Drink Hot Chocolate

When it’s cold outside, it’s the perfect time to stay indoors and drink hot chocolate by the fire to stay warm and cozy.

7. Make a Gingerbread House

It’s fun to build a gingerbread house with candy and icing! Be creative with how you assemble and decorate your gingerbread house.

8. See a Christmas Light Show

You can drive around together to see neighborhoods decorated with Christmas lights or watch professional Christmas light displays!

9. Watch Holiday Movies Together

Winter is a great time to watch classic holiday movies like A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more.

10. Share the Story of Santa Claus

In America, Santa Claus is thought of as the jolly man wearing a red suit who delivers toys to children on Christmas, but Santa is portrayed differently in other countries. You can share the American story of Santa Claus with your student and ask about their country’s Santa traditions!

We hope that our host families and students have an great time together this winter. If you’d like to share your stories and pictures with us, please send them to info@saeglobal.org.

If you aren’t hosting a student currently and are interested, it’s not too late! We are currently matching students for the Spring 2018 semester and 2018-2019 school year, and you have the chance to share new experiences with them too. Visit our photo listing to meet our students and check back regularly to meet any new students added. Contact us today to find out how you can change one student’s life through education and cultural exchange!

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Thanksgiving

SAE Gives Back

In November, our host families and exchange students celebrated International Education Week and Thanksgiving by showing appreciation and giving back to the community. For many students, it was their first time experiencing American fall traditions like eating Thanksgiving dinner and going Black Friday shopping.

Check out some of the fun activities our students and families shared below! We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and look forward to enjoying winter activities together. Stay tuned for highlights from our December SAE event!

Student exchange is a fantastic way to share American traditions like Thanksgiving with a student and learn about how they celebrate traditions in their home country. If you aren’t hosting a student currently and are interested, now is the time to sign up! We are currently matching students for the Spring 2018 semester and 2018-2019 school year! You can have the chance to share new experiences with them too. Visit our photo listing to meet our waiting students and check back regularly to meet any new students added. You can also sign up to be a backup host family or submit a FREE application now to host a student in the future! Contact us today to find out how you can change one student’s life through education and cultural exchange!

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Announcing Our 2018-2019 Students!

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Meet Our New Exchange Students Seeking Host Families

We are looking forward to welcoming more exchange students to the United States this upcoming fall semester! We are currently seeking host families for students who will be attending high school during the 2018-2019 school year. These are kids with amazing backgrounds and interests. Through hosting, they can call another family their own and call the United States home! This is the perfect opportunity for your family to participate in cultural exchange!

Rebecca is a 14-year-old girl whose smile and cheerful personality will leave a lasting impression on you! Her hobbies include playing violin, gardening, and badminton. She also enjoys volunteering at her local museum. She would love to listen to an outdoor concert with her host family!

Learn About Cultural Exchange

For photos and more information about our students, visit our photo listing or contact us at info@saeglobal.org! Check out our photo listing regularly, as we’ll be adding new students. Spots for host families are limited, so click here to submit a FREE application today! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn about another culture, share new experiences, and create a lifelong connection.

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Life as a Local Coordinator

Today we interview Jane, one of our Local Coordinators, about her experience helping connect exchange students with host families!

1. What inspired you to become a Local Coordinator?

“My friend and his wife wanted to host an exchange student. They asked me to be their Local Coordinator, and I said yes! Also, I taught ESL for bilingual students at an elementary school for 15 years, and I love interacting with kids. Just talking to them is fun. This is my second year being a Local Coordinator, and I’m currently helping two students from China. Being a Local Coordinator is tremendously different than what I expected because I had never thought about working with exchange students before. However, now I’m thinking of hosting a student myself in the future!”

2. What do you find rewarding about the position? Have you experienced any challenges?

“The best part about this position is watching the kids grow emotionally and gain confidence in their English. By the end of the year, they can talk like typical teenagers. Also, I’ve learned about other cultures by spending time with the students and talking about their family and life back home. I learn based on what the kids share with me.

Last year I didn’t experience any challenges, but this year one of the students has been pushing more rules. It’s nothing major though, and this is typical high school age behavior, especially for kids who are away from their parents. They’re all good kids!”

3. Do you have any funny or interesting stories to share from working with families and students?

“One of my students right now had never seen a bonfire before, and he was initially horrified when his host family set up a campfire in their backyard. He didn’t understand why setting a yard on fire was considered entertainment, since there are no fireplaces or grills where he lives in China. Once his host family explained the purpose of a campfire though, he had a great time sitting around it roasting marshmallows.

Another one of my students went to IHOP for the first time and had never used coffee creamer before. She actually drank the creamer straight from the container! These are all customs we take for granted living in America but are new for exchange students.”

4. If you could give advice to someone considering to be a Local Coordinator, what would it be?

“I would advise them to be patient. The challenge is getting students here and helping them settle in with their families. You have to go with the flow and roll with it when things change very quickly, such as when their arrival times are delayed. Also, you have to be able to let parents vent to you. A lot of the time, they just want someone to listen to them and not necessarily give advice.

I’ve had a great experience as a Local Coordinator though, and I love meeting families and students and making new connections. Hosting is a great experience for everyone!”

Are you interested in becoming a Local Coordinator? Student Ambassador Exchange is now hiring Local Coordinators across the US to place exchange students with host families and serve as a liaison between them! This is an amazing opportunity to make new connections and learn about other cultures. For more details about the position, visit our website or contact LC@saeglobal.org today!

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Halloween Happenings

For many of our exchange students, it was their first time carving pumpkins, wearing costumes, and trick-or-treating with their host families. Our staff also carved pumpkins with our students and host families in Austin for SAE Halloween Week. Check out our gallery of Halloween happenings below! We hope everyone had a spooktacular time and look forward to enjoying more fall activities together. Stay tuned for highlights from other upcoming SAE events!

Student exchange is a fantastic way to share American traditions like Halloween with a student and learn about how they celebrate traditions in their home country. If you aren’t hosting a student currently and are interested, it’s not too late to sign up! We are currently matching students for the Spring 2018 semester, and you have the chance to share new experiences with them too. Visit our photo listing to meet our Spring students and check back regularly to meet any new students added. You can also sign up to be a backup host family or submit a FREE application now to host a student in the future! Contact us today to find out how you can change one student’s life through education and cultural exchange!

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