Happy fall, y’all! We’re excited for cooler weather, trees changing color, and fun fall activities. Our exchange students may be new to American fall traditions, and now is the perfect time to create new experiences and memories with them. Here is a list of activities and events you can enjoy together this fall:
Cheer for your favorite team together at a football game! Get in the spirit by wearing your team colors and going tailgating. Tailgating is a tradition where fans get together, eat food, and have fun before the game.
There’s something for everyone at a state fair. Eat funnel cake, go on carnival rides, win prizes playing games, and more!
Fall festivals are fun for family members of all ages. Go to a pumpkin patch, walk through a corn maze, and eat kettle corn.
Visiting an orchard is a great way to spend time together outdoors. You get to pick your own apples and learn how they’re grown!
Students can get in the school spirit by going to the homecoming dance, attending the pep rally, and watching the football game.
Have a spooktacular time with your exchange student! Carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, and go trick-or-treating together.
Spend time with family members, give thanks, and eat tons of delicious food!
We hope that our exchange students and host families have an amazing time together this fall. If you’d like to share your stories and pictures with us, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.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 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. Contact us today to find out how you can change one student’s life through education and cultural exchange!
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!
For photos and more information on these students, visit our photo listing or contact us at email@example.com! 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!Read More
Dave is an amazing 16-year-old Vietnamese student! He’s currently staying with a welcome family temporarily in Katy, TX, but we’re looking for a new family to host him from now until May 2018.
Dave attends Cypress Lakes High School in Katy. He is a very kind, respectful, and quiet kid who speaks Vietnamese and great English. Dave’s favorite things to do in his free time are swimming, singing, drawing, and reading. He has a brother that lives in Houston, so we’d love to find him a family nearby his current school so he can stay close to his brother. Since his arrival in Texas, he’s really enjoyed being here and cannot wait to meet his new host family!
If you or someone you know in the local area is interested in hosting Dave, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about him!
Are you interested in being a host family, but you’re not located in the Katy, TX area? You might be the perfect fit for another student! Visit our photo listing to view available students or email one of our Program Coordinators and ask us about hosting!
*Due to the US Department of State’s privacy regulations, the student’s photo is not allowed to be posted publicly – please contact our team to learn more.Read More
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:
We appreciate your support and our continued thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
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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!
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: email@example.com.Read More
As summer draws to an end, our exchange students are getting so excited to come to the United States! While many of our students are matched with families who will be hosting them for the entire school year, we understand that some families are not able to commit for the full 10 month program. If your family has prior obligations during the school year or if you’re not quite sure you’re ready to host for a full year, SAE always welcomes short term host families!
Hosting a student as a welcome family is just one way to get involved in cultural exchange. As a welcome family, you serve as the bridge between a student’s culture and the United States. Welcome families host for 1-2 months and play an important role in helping students adapt to life in the United States! At the end of this period, the student moves in with a host family who will host them for the remainder of the school year. Most of the time, that permanent family will be located in the same school district as you, so you are still able to keep in touch with that student and be a part of their journey in America.
The best way to meet the students participating is by visiting our photolisting! If you’re interested in learning how to become a welcome family or a host family, inquire about one of our students or contact our Program Coordinators today!Read More
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!Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us about hosting Ethan!Read More
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 email@example.com and ask us about hosting Ignacio!Read More