Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year is a time to get together with family and celebrate the coming year! This year consider hosting an exchange student and make this year a great one for your family! Create memories and build lifelong friendships, enrich your entire family as you learn about the culture of your new ’son’ or ‘daughter’, and become an American ambassador by sharing U.S. culture.


Create something special for your family! Find a family and exchange student tested and approved fortune cookie recipe below!

Fortune Cookies

Total Time: 1 hr 24 min
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 24 min
Makes about 20 cookies


  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Cut a stencil out of a plastic coffee can lid in the shape of a 3-inch disk.
  • Whip the egg whites until stiff and chill.
  • In a mixer, cream the butter, then add the sugar and continue mixing.
  • Add the flour and blend in, then add the vanilla and blend again.
  • Add the chilled egg whites and mix on low until well incorporated and the batter is smooth.
  • With a small offset spatula, spread batter through the stencil so it is a circle onto parchment paper, about 6 per cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until light golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Quickly remove the pan from the oven and one at time place a fortune across the center with a bit hanging out.
  • Fold cookie circle in thirds over fortune with flaps only slightly overlapping each other.
  • Turn over and bring opposing sides together and pinch. Let cool.
  • Enjoy!


Wishing you and your family good fortune and a happy new year!

-Your Student Ambassador Exchange Team

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#SAEstories: Meet Maggie!

Maggie the Explorer

Today we are excited to introduce Maggie, our newest Student of the Week!  She is a 15 year old girl hoping to spend the 11th grade in the US. We were certain that she would do great in the United States when she described herself by saying, “I think it’s important to work hard and play hard.” This globetrotting young lady is no stranger to travel.  She’s been to Thailand and explored all over Europe, but she told us that her favorite country so far has been Switzerland – for the scenery and the food. Beyond simply seeing the world, Maggie cares about making the world a better place. She joined Roots & Shoots – a global program started by Jane Goodall to get youth more involved in environmental issues.  Her local group tested river water for pollution. Based on their findings, they urged their mayor to treat the water.

Maggie loves school because she gets to learn new things while also spending time with her friends. She told us that her favorite class is English, because it’s the only class where students can speak freely. We asked her why she wants to come to America, and she’s most excited for a classroom experience that is different from China.

Beyond school, Maggie is looking forward to getting to know her host family.  She loves animals, especially dogs! She would probably do best with an active family. She likes to be involved in many different activities, and would probably jump into anything you’re involved with!

If you’re interested in hosting Maggie or any other student, the process is simple! Reach out to a Program Coordinator or fill out a host family application.

Due to Department of State regulations, we cannot post photos of our students until they are officially placed with a host family and enrolled for the school year. If you’d like additional information on Maggie or any of our other students, please get in touch with us at emily@saeglobal.org.
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International Education Week

The Departments of State and Education declared last week to be International Education Week.  We like to think that we celebrate this every week, but we welcome the occasion to reflect on our experiences and appreciate all the good that can come from international exchanges.

International Education Week celebrates the ways that study abroad programs enrich lives all around the world. From the American students that go abroad and the foreign students that travel here to the host families around the world that open their homes to these students, each participant is forever changed. International education strengthens our global ties, and teaches younger generations to look beyond their own countries and interact with the world around them. Host families are vital to these exchanges. By opening their doors to students they have never met before, they are showing kindness that will forever be remembered when the student thinks of the United States. On a small scale this may seem insignificant – just a friendly interaction. However, on a larger scale, this makes a big difference in the world of international relations.

Many of us at Student Ambassador Exchange had the opportunity to study abroad.  One of the most rewarding aspects of the exchange was getting to visit historical sites and have a personal experience with events that shaped our world history.  From climbing pyramids in Mexico to walking where the Berlin Wall once separated Germany, these experiences gave us an education that a textbook could never offer. We believe it is vital that students around the world have access to these experiences. We are proud to play a small role in helping students go abroad and go beyond a typical education.  In closing, we think First Lady Michelle Obama describes the importance of international education best: “Investing in the potential of all  young people, through access to a well-rounded, world class global education, is an investment in our collective future.” To all students, teachers, host families, and people who have played a role in helping us facilitate these exchanges: thank you for your investment.

For more information on International Education Week, visit the official website: http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week


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