We had some absolutely amazing students for 2020. Read this and see all of the incredible things they got to do while they were here! From sports, to school awards and even to Prom… exchange years are truly the best years.
“I just wanted to brag on Jannik! He got the US History award and the PreCalculus award at our school”. – Kayla (ETC host mom)
“Had so much last night having dinner with our @etcexchange Coordinator and the other local families she is working with. Deciding to host a foreign exchange student was the absolute best decision!! Not only did we gain a family member, we formed lasting relationships with so many of these amazing and sweet kids. Cannot wait to travel to Europe in the future and have a kiddo to visit in so many countries! This was the best year! ❤️❤️” – Susan (ETC host family)
Martino, student from Italy, with his host siblings.
Hien, student from Vietnam, in Texas got to see the Dallas Mavericks play from her SUITE!
Oh, this lovely photo…Daniel, exchange student from South Korea, with his host mom and brother. ✨🇺🇸⠀
“I have heard my host mom say “small town, big heart” more times than I can count. At first, I didn’t understand it, but now I do. This town may be small, but the amount of support the town has for our high school sports teams and each town member is huge. Living in a small town, I am not “just another person”. -Jannik, ETC Exchange Student from Germany
Aliyah, our student from Germany, and some of her friends from high school. “She said Prom was amazing” – Lori (ETC host mom)
Isabel, student from Spain, and her host family.
Creating beautiful memories! (students in Arizona)
“Today our spring break vacay finally started!… Absolutely loved our little road trip, and I can’t wait for what’s ahead of us!” 💙
– Vanessa (ETC Student from Germany)
Alice went to the beach but um also found this jellybean creature😅
Eric’s host family took him fishing. He had a blast!
Martinus, student from Netherlands, had a great family time at the Museum. “A fun day spent at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with the kids”.
– Michelle (ETC host mom)
“Saguaro Lake adventure today. These crazies jumped in the ice cold water!”
– Vanessa (ETC host mom)
Talisha, our student from Switzerland, had a great time in Florida with her host family. “Talisha had a great time and so did we”. – Jennifer (ETC host mom)
Sofia, our student from Spain, enjoyed an awesome time at Seaworld with her host family!
Eva and her host sister had a girl trip to San Antonio & Austin. 💙
“No better way to experience Dallas than painting its famous skyline from the top of its most recognizable landmark. Talisha will have an amazing souvenir to take home”.
– Jennifer (ETC host mom) ✨
Emily, from Germany, and Mar, from Spain, at church with their field manager in AZ. 💙🇺🇸
Biel, from Spain, having fun in Montana with his American host family 💙🇺🇸.
Seo, our student from S. Korea, had another fun, beautiful and cold day in TX.
These new sisters❄️ are enjoying the snow days together!
Francisco, our student from Italy, enjoying the magic of Disney World! ✨
Hector, our student from Spain, had an awesome visit to the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium with his host family!
Charlotte, student from Germany, and Salome, student from France, helping their little host sibling to make a Valentine’s Day card 💙
Find out more about their adventure in the USA here
📷: Birckbichler Family
Sofia, our student from Italy, with her host family in AZ.
“Alessia attended her first baby shower this past weekend! She enjoyed this American tradition by participating in all the games and had a blast!” – Darryl (ETC host dad)
ETC students in Arizona. Nora from Germany and Hector from Spain (the two in the middle of the group).
Chae, our student from S. Korea, with her school team in Texas.
The bond between host siblings and our exchange students is our favorite! Look how precious these two are💕.
“It is hard to believe that our adventures with Klara started 3 years ago today.. We are blessed to have her in our lives..
Thank you @etcexchange for making these adventures possible…”
– John (ETC host dad)
Family game night with Enora from France and her host family 😍.
“We had a fun, snowy Sunday in the mountains!” – Steph (ETC host mom)
“Already one third of my year here is over and I feel like I arrived yesterday…How could that even happen?⠀
But one thing is clear: Even though there are a lot of tough times, I already fear the time.I fear the time passing by so fast, I fear the time I have to leave and I fear the time, in which I’ll never have the chance to come back again…⠀
To my life here, to my 2.home, my 2.second family and the wonderful people I can call my friends❤”
– Tanja (ETC exchange student from Germany)⠀
Amelie, our student from Germany, has her first day of school in Tennessee.
“Some updates with Eva. Beginning of December we went to Natchitoches, LA for the Christmas Festival. Then went to Disney! Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. For Christmas, Eva requested matching pajamas, so matching pajamas she got!”
– Susan (ETC host mom)
“We always love trying new things (especially if they involve melted cheese).Talisha brought us raclette grills and special cheese from Switzerland, which we finally broke out tonight for a traditional Swiss winter meal with potatoes, bread, vegetables, and pickles (we added some ham and sausages to round it out). Now we have to find a source for raclette cheese in Dallas, Texas so we can do it again!”
– Jennifer (ETC host mom)
Father/Spanish daughter bonding time. Chopping up a baby rabbit to make Paella
Our students from Vietnam and Germany enjoyed a snow day in Michigan.
“We went to the mountains on Sunday and cut down a Christmas tree, and tonight we decorated it! A first for Seoyeon!” – Steph (ETC host mom)
Lara, our student from Germany, with her host family. 💙
“Christmas, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to come to the USA. We’ve started decorating in November, even before thanksgiving and I love it!” – Charlotte L. (ETC exchange student) 📷: Fanucchi family
“This brightened up my day”. -Annie (ETC exchange student)
“Rocko helping Johannes decorate for Christmas”. – Mikel (ETC host dad) 🎄
“Ethan and Jannik wouldn’t smile. Then laughed at each other because the other one didn’t smile. Boys are fun”. – Kayla (ETC host mom)
Arturo, our student from Spain, with his American host family in AZ.
Every December, our students bake and eat a variety of sweet treats. They owned the mess and the giggles.
“My relationship with my host family is very good. I am very grateful for giving me this opportunity and treat me so well from the first day I got here”. – Biel (Exchange student from Spain)
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends and family near and far! First Thanksgiving for Mia and Seoyeon! – Steph (ETC host mom)
Seohyeon, from S. Korea, and Han, from Vietnam, making memories with their American host family!
“Happy 16th Birthday to our French daughter, Eva”. – Emily (ETC host mom)
“Dane and I had a great time hanging with Emily and Mar this weekend! We had a sleepover complete with Indian Food and the girls’ first s’mores and then took an early morning drive up to Sedona for some hiking”. – Jessi (ETC local coordinator).
Gaspard, our student from France, with his American host family in AZ.
Living one of their best moments in America!
Thinh, our student from Vietnam, is fixing up an old jeep with his American siblings.
Johannes, our student from Germany, and his host dad had an amazing experience at Medieval Times.
Lara, our student from Germany, and her host siblings made a delicious birthday cake for her mom 💙✨ 🇺🇸
Eva, our student from Spain, and her host family in Halloween.
“Having young children, we were a bit skeptical with hosting, but we couldn’t have made a better decision. Annie fits in perfectly into our family and the kids love their German sister! It’s exciting and fun introducing her to our culture as well as learning the differences from hers”.
– Heather S. (ETC host mom)
“Let us make memories” – Nora (ETC Student from Germany)
Beautiful day in NC for our ETC students to hang out at Armstrong Artisan Farm!
“One of my favorite to-do’s in fall is to go to a pumpkin patch! This year, my hostfamily and I visited Greens Bridge Gardens in Jefferson, Oregon. We went through a hay and a corn maze, went on a hayride and of course picked our perfect pumpkins!” – Vanessa (ETC Student from Germany)
Eva (from France) and Marta (from Spain) with their host family.
ETC students got into the Halloween spirit with these creative pumpkin designs.
“Emily, Mar, and I went out for dinner at Pita Jungle after their swim meet last week and we found this pumpkin pyramid!” -Jessi (ETC local coordinator)
“So proud of my Spanish son, Pablo! He is on the e-sport team at his high school and is the KDA regional champ right now”. – Chelsea (ETC host mom)
“Kimchi pancakes and Vegetable pancakes made by Seoyeon tonight for dinner! So good!” -Steph (ETC host mom)
“Eckert’s pumpkin patch with this amazing family. Love my host families.”
-Sandy (ETC Local Coordinator)
“Had a fun visit with Judith and Nadja this morning! We went to the Pacific Bonsai Museum and Gardens. It was beautiful and we didn’t have much trouble avoiding others!”
-Kristy (ETC host mom)
“I took the big boys (Jannik and Ethan) to Silver Dollar City yesterday. We had a freaking blast! We rode every single roller coaster, multiple times. I used to refuse to ride ones that go upside down, but they dragged me on them anyways and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”
“They made many friends in the wait lines and had the people around us rolling in laughter 😂 Especially when they were telling people they were twins and were trying to figure out who was the better looking twin.”
-Kayla (ETC host mom)
Our student from Vietnam having a great time with her American host family.
Lotte, our student from Germany, had a great dinner celebration in the USA!
Yelin, our student from South Korea, and her host family in AZ!
Chea, our student from South Korea, and Kim, our student from France, are living the best year of their lives in the USA. Thank you to their host family for giving them the chance to be exposed to NEW experiences and NEW cultures!
Homecoming week for Eric, our student from Spain. 💙
“I get asked often why we chose to host foreign exchange students. My usual answer is because I like learning about their culture and sharing American culture with them. Those things are true but sharing opportunities like this means as much to us as it does to them. Meet Mar from Spain and Emily from Germany”. – Mary (ETC host mom)
“I can’t believe it’s been a month in Oregon now. Although it feels like “What, it’s only been a month?”, looking at all the things that have happened already. This photo was the very first one me and my wonderful hostfamily took, right after I arrived at the airport in Portland on August 12th, 2020. We went on hikes, spent time at our lake house, I tried a ton of different foods, we went paddleboarding, wildfires, politics and a bunch of other things are almost constantly surrounding me and if there’s one thing I want to say it is:
I love it. I love the places I visit. I love the people l’m with. 1 month. Full of fun memories, full of love, full of adventures. I love Oregon”. – Nessy (ETC Exchange Student)
“Shopping cowboy hats and boots- Austin, Texas” – Kaani (student from Germany)
“Paella made by our Spanish son today” – Chelsea G. (host mom)
We have found more than 100 homes for our exchange students this school year! (August 2020).
Our students are setting in their new life and getting adjusted to so many new customs and habits during their exchange year.
Our students started their first day in high school! Here it is our student Moritz’s, from Germany, online schooling.
“My first week is over and I love it here I saw so much about Idaho and everything is so beautiful. My host family is so nice and lovely and I love them already” – Aaliyah (exchange student from Germany)
Wonjoong has gained a huge ammouny of confidence with his English during the summer classes. Wonjoong has expressed that he liked the classes, he could see friends as well as meeting his English teacher. For Wonjoong, this summer, he feels he is able to speak also more fluently.
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