Education Travel & Culture (ETC) is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] educational exchange organization. Its purpose is to promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad. ETC provides inbound program opportunities for high school students throughout the world to study in an American high school and live with an American family. Host families provide room and board, a quiet place to study, and an American family experience for guest students during their semester or academic year in the United States. ETC’s outbound program offers students the chance to study and live in a foreign country. To find out information about ETC’s sister organization and short term summer student exchange program, please visit Northwest International Student Exchange (NISE) at www.nwise.org.
The ETC inbound program places international students all around the USA. The ETC outbound program is able to sponsor students living throughout the continental United States.
The ETC Staff
ETC maintains a professional staff at its main office in Portland, Oregon. It also has a network of Local Coordinators (LC) that serves as the local support for the students, host families, and schools. The LC calls and visits each host family and student on a regular basis to assess the student’s progress and assists both the student and the host family with the adjustment process. The LC submits this information in a written monthly evaluation to the ETC main office, the student’s natural parents and overseas sponsoring organization. The LC also monitors the student’s progress in school and provides assistance as needed.
Alix Nathan – Executive Director
Brenda Ferland – Field Director
Jocelyn Oswald – Program Manager
Jan Read – Regional Manager
Sarah Candelaria- Regional Manager
Sheri Quiros – Regional Manager
Kirsten Boone – Communications & Training Manager
Silvia Phillips – Communications Specialist
Robyn Lee – Training Specialist
Sarah Rohler – Marketing Specialist
Kara Peterson – Administrative Manager
Chelsea Swift – Administrative Assistant
Elisha Long – Administrative Assistant
Gia Allen – Administrative Assistant
Melissa Kuenzi – Administrative Assistant
Sarrie Barzda – Administrative Assistant
In 1999 ETC was designated by the U.S. Department of State (1-866-283-9090) as a J-I visa program. Participating students receive DS-2019 forms in order to obtain J-1 visas. ETC is a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). ETC has been a member if CSIET since 2000 and has maintained a full listing on their advisory list since 2002.
Education, Travel & Culture has again been awarded the Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention™ distinction for 2016-2017. This distinction represents ETC’s commitment to the prevention of child sexual abuse and to helping children grow up healthy and whole.