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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5 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student

Every year, Student Ambassador Exchange helps students from all around the world connect with host families in the US. As a host family, you’ll welcome an exchange student into your home while they study in your local high school. It’s a great opportunity for students and host families to experience new cultures, create memories together, and make lasting friendships. You’ll be surprised at what you learn about yourself and the student as you get to know one another!

Why Host an Exchange Student?

Learn About New Cultures

Hosting an exchange student is an amazing way to learn about other cultures without having to leave your home! Our students are excited to share their own heritage with their host families (in addition to learning about American culture). You can learn about the student’s native language, traditional food, holidays and festivals, and more.

Bring Excitement into Your Home

When you host a student from another country, activities that you do regularly suddenly become new adventures with your student! For example, activities like going to a restaurant and watching sports seem like special events when you’re introducing them to your student for the first time. This can revitalize your family activities and inspire you to explore your local community with them!

Improve Your Communication Skills

If you’re learning your student’s native language, practicing speaking with them is a great way to improve your skills. Also, learning to communicate with someone despite a language barrier is an important skill that you gain through hosting. You’ll improve your ability to connect and relate to others with a culture different from your own!

Make Lifelong Friendships

Host a student and make lifelong friendships with them! Hosting allows you to establish a meaningful connection with someone that you otherwise might never have met. Oftentimes our students and host families keep in touch with each other after the student returns home. Maybe you’ll even get to visit the student and their family in their home country!

Do a Good Deed

By hosting an exchange student, you’re making a positive impact on their life! You’re helping them adjust to another country while ensuring they feel safe, supported, and a part of your family. As a host family, you play an important part in helping students grow and develop.

Are you interested in hosting an exchange student? 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 Nora!

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 Nora’s letter below!

Student Letters: Meet Nora!

Meet Nora Exchange Student from Spain

 

Hello!

I am Nora, and I’m 14 years old. I live in a really cold city from the north of Spain. Even though I like warmer places, I love my hometown. I live in a flat with my parents. My brother lives away from home, since he is in university. My brother and my father are triathletes. I miss my brother when he’s away but I get to see him a lot of weekends.

I consider myself a mature girl. I am very independent – I don’t like to rely on anyone. I always try to be nice and polite. I am an extroverted person, but it takes me time to open up to people. I am an open-minded person; I try not to judge things or people without knowing and I respect everyone’s thoughts, ideas, and likes. I can be impatient and a perfectionist, which can be a good or bad thing. I get nervous but I am working on that and getting better at controlling it.

I love to hang out with my friends. We have such an amazing time together. They go to the same school as me so we are always together. We share some hobbies but at the same time we have our own personalities so we learn new things from each other.

Here are some things that I love to do in my free time: I love to dance. I love every style and I am always dancing, with or without music. I love any type of music, especially classical, jazz, pop, and rap. I also love to play sports. My favorite subject is PE, and I have so much fun! I enjoy playing instruments. Music is something that calms me and makes me happy when I am upset or stressed out.

I take school seriously. When I get a bad grade, I always try to learn from my mistakes so I don’t repeat them. I always try to be creative and develop my artistic side. I try to express myself through music, paint, writing, dance, and fashion.

NORA

 

If you think Nora 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! To learn more bout hosting an exchange student, sign up for our upcoming Host Family Informational Webinar!

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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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