Goodbye, 2017-18 Students!

June is always a bittersweet time in the office. As we get excited for our new students to arrive, we also have to say goodbye to the students who have made the US their home over the last 10 months. It’s hard to believe that only last year they were preparing for this experience. We thought it would be fun to read the letters they wrote before arriving and see how they changed and grew through the experience. We’ve highlighted three students below:

“I’ve been to America before, but then I didn’t have much knowledge about your culture. So I’d take this precious chance to experience American culture and learn what I’ve never learned before.” – Elaine

Elaine thoroughly enjoyed learning about American culture over the year – ESPECIALLY celebrating holidays the American way! She dressed up for Halloween with her siblings and wrote her host parents and grandparents thank you notes at Thanksgiving. She even wrapped presents for her host family for Christmas and filmed the whole process!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I hope I can be a bridge over the two cultures and contribute to the cultural exchange of the two.” – Andrew
Andrew experienced so many American events – attending a livestock show, going to prom, and posing for a holiday photo with his host siblings. But, true to his letter, he gave as much as he got! From cooking Chinese food for his host family to teaching his host brother Mandarin, Andrew became a bridge between Chinese culture and American culture and formed a bond that will last for years to come!

 

 

 

“I’ve always wanted a little sister since I was a child but I never had one – just my big brother and even though we get on really well, I’ve always missed another girl in my house.” – Irati

Irati hoped for a little sister and wound up spending the school year with two little sisters AND a little brother! She thoroughly enjoyed all the time she spent with them. From watching sporting events together to traveling across the country on family vacations, she’s fully embraced her host family and gets to count them as members of her extended family!

 

 

While we are sad to say goodbye, we are excited for our new students to arrive! In a few months, they’ll have the chance to live out everything they wrote about before arrival. We can’t wait to hear about them watching their first football game, picking out Halloween costumes, and teaching their host families about where they’re from.

If you are interested in joining one of our students on the adventure of a lifetime, visit our photolisting and learn about the students who are still available to be hosted! Reach out to info@saeglobal.org with any questions!

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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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Announcing Our Spring 2018 Students!

Spring 2018 Students

The school year may have started, but we are looking forward to welcoming more exchange students to the United States! We are currently seeking host families for exchange students who will be arriving in early January and attending high school during the Spring semester. Are you unable to host a student for an entire school year but are still interested in taking part in cultural exchange? This is the perfect opportunity for your family!

Meet our students seeking host families

Miranda is a bright and outgoing 15-year-old girl who tries hard at everything in and out of the classroom. She’s earned the title of “Merit Student” every year and has also won awards for choir competitions. She enjoys swimming, basketball, volleyball, and ballroom dancing to relax and have fun. You’re in for quite an adventure when hosting Miranda!
Jack is a 16-year-old boy who is cheerful, gentle, and warm-hearted! He loves making friends and enjoys sports and outdoor activities. He likes pop music and promises to sing a few songs for his host family. He’s excited to share about Chinese culture and can cook Chinese food for them. His goal is to attend a university in the US, and he’s looking forward to studying abroad!

For photos and more information on these students, visit our photo listing or contact us at info@saeglobal.org! 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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Help Us, Help Them: Hurricane Harvey

While Hurricane Harvey has brought devastating floods to many areas of Texas, we have been very fortunate and are happy to announce that our Austin office has not been impacted. We are safe and operating under normal business hours. Our thoughts are with our friends, families, and fellow Texans who have been impacted by the hurricane.

That being said the team at GWCA/CAN/SAE are gathering donations for Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Pets Alive to be allocated to our friends in need all over southern Texas. If you are local we encourage you to donate to the above organizations or you can bring your goods here and we’ll deliver them for you.

If you would like to participate, please bring whatever of the following:

  1. Canned Foods
  2. Anything from this list for cats/dogs (note that they do not need any dog food or dry food anymore.)

We appreciate your support and our continued thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

GWCA/CAN/SAE Address:

248 Addie Roy Rd. Suite A102

Austin, TX 78746

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Thank You, Summer Interns!

As the summer comes to an end, we are preparing to say goodbye to two incredible volunteers who have helped us immensely — our summer interns! These incredible interns have truly gone above and beyond over the past few months to help out with our agency’s programs. While we are so sad to see them go, we are very excited to see what their futures hold!

Thank you so much for all of your hard work this summer, and good luck with your future studies!

Internship opportunities at GWCA, CAN, and SAE!

Are you a junior or senior in college? What about a graduate student working on a master’s degree? GWCA, CAN and SAE offer intern

ships to students in various fields of study to provide hands-on experience in international adoption and cultural exchange. This is incredibly beneficial for students interested in pursuing careers in international studies, communications, marketing, social work, psychology, sociology, and business. What’s the best part? Internships can be custom-tailored to your specific major and specific area(s) of interest!

**Note: These internships are unpaid. If you or someone you know is interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and availability to: info@childrenofallnations.com.

Learn more about our internship opportunities: CANGWCA | SAE

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Welcome to the U.S.A.

Welcome to the U.S.A.!
Students began arriving this week to embark on one of the most incredible journey’s that will mold their futures. Student’s will have the opportunity to spend an entire school year in the U.S. that will better their future. These student’s have been waiting all summer for the call that their flights were booked. Today TWENTY students are still waiting for that call. Will your family be the one to make a difference? We are down to the final days. Call us today to learn how you can be a part of something more! 512-323-9595 Ext. 3052
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Befriending an Exchange Student

My Firsthand Experience with an Exchange Student

By: Nicole Springer – SAE Summer Intern 2017

I grew up in a suburb in Minneapolis, Minnesota, our high school was one of the largest in the area and we had so many diverse cultures and traditions at our school. However, most of my friends and I had never met someone from a different country.

During my sophomore year of high school a new exchange student from Iceland named Ben came to our school he also came with his older sister. He started to hang out with my same group of friends and eventually we got to know each other a lot better because he was in the same after school activities as me.  When my friends and I would hang out with Ben we always had so much fun, he could make almost everyone laugh because of his easy going care free attitude. Whenever Ben meet a new friend  every time he would try to convince people that in Iceland there are  penguins walking around everywhere and you can play with them and have them as pets, strangely enough he could actually really convince people that this was true.

The more my friends and I got to know Ben and his family the more we enjoyed his company and learning more about Icelandic culture and traditions. Ben was leaving back to Iceland around the same time that his birthday was, so all of us decided to throw him a huge surprise birthday/going away party. We all hid downstairs at the house he was living in and when he came down we threw confetti and sprayed him with silly string. Till this day I can honestly say that’s one of the most fun parties I’ve been to.

Looking back at the time my friends and I spent with Ben I can honestly say that all of our worldviews expanded immensely and all of us really valued the time we got to spend with someone who seemed so different than us at first but once we got to know him we realized that he was just like any other high school kid our age, he enjoyed the same kind of stuff and was  happy to hang out with the new friends he was making while being different than us at first but once we got to know him we realized that he was just like any other high school kid our age, he enjoyed the same kind of stuff and was  happy to hang out with the new friends he was making while being abroad.

 

To learn how to open your family to an Exchange Student contact our team today. Registration ends soon, you don’t want to miss out!

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Meet Ethan!

 

Meet Ethan!

Ethan is an adventurous, caring and curious 17 year old boy from Lanzhou, China.  Just this last year Ethan’s family was able to host their own exchange student from a program called AFS. During this year long experience Ethan was able to learn more about American culture and was also able to teach the other boy about Chinese culture. During their year together their relationship became very close and at the end Ethan considered the exchange student like a brother.

In his free time Ethan likes to play basketball and badminton. Most of all Ethan enjoys traveling so far he has been to Malaysia, Thailand, America, Korea and Japan. In the future he would like to backpack more around the world, in his own words Ethan says “I enjoy the feeling of being on the road. The destination is not the purpose of a trip; the purpose is to embrace different cultures, learn thing and find out more about yourself.

 

Ethan is looking forward to meeting his new family, he hopes that his year abroad can be another amazing traveling experience where he will be able to learn more about American culture and also improve his English language skills.

Check out Ethan’s profile on our photolisting to meet all of our students from abroad. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a host family, reach out to one of our Program Coordinators at info@saeglobal.org and ask us about hosting Ethan!

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Meet Ignacio!

Ignacio is a respectful, outgoing and kind 16 year old boy from Bilbao, Spain. He has a very close relationship with his family, he often helps out around the house by cooking and cleaning. Ignacio and his brother have an extremely close relationship, even his mother says “his younger brother literally adores Ignacio and will miss him very much next year.” Outside of his immediate family Ignacio also enjoys spending time with his grandparents, he often helps them with yardwork because they have a large country side home so there is a lot of yardwork to do.

Ignacio has a good group of close friends. The 5 of his closest friends and himself are almost inseparable. Every other weekend they spend time at each other’s houses, like most teenage boys their age they enjoy playing sports and video games. Ignacio is extremely grateful for his relationships with his friends because they are always there to help and support him.

In his free time he loves to play basketball, the training schedule he is on is a little bit strict but he knows it will make him a better player. Other than basketball Ignacio enjoys outdoor activities like canoeing, skiing, paddle surfing and fishing.

In the future Ignacio would like to go to college for business administration. He thinks this might be a good career path because it is such a broad area of work, so he is more likely to find a job.

 

Ignacio is looking forward to visiting the United States for the first time next year, he wants to discover more about American culture and landscape.

 

Check out Ignacio’s profile on our photolisting to meet all of our students from abroad. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a host family, reach out to one of our Program Coordinators at info@saeglobal.org and ask us about hosting Ignacio!

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Share Your American Culture

Today, July 4th is a sacred day in American culture. It’s a day we celebrate the freedoms and wonders of our country. Just like us other countries  are proud of their heritage and are eager to share it. Hosting a student provides your family an opportunity like the no other. You get to bring the world into your home. Student’s love learning how Americans live and want to share their country cultures with you as well.

Many students still need host families for the upcoming school year – please contact us today to learn how you can open your home to the world!

SAE offices are closed Tuesday July 4th to observe Independence Day.

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