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Giving away money is fun. Making people smile is fun. Meeting a need is fun. So trust me when I say that all of us on the ICES...


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Scholarships, cultural understanding,

What is a Spanish Omelette? It’s not like an omelette in the USA. So, here’s a hint: it’s called “tortilla de patata” or...


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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student,

How many kids do you have?  What used to be a straightforward question has become more complicated over the years. I’ve...


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Tags: Host Families, Host an exchange student, Host mom,

Branden and Amy Booher hadn’t planned on hosting an exchange student. As a young married couple in their 20’s, it simply...


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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student,

Has quarantine homeschooling pushed you to your limits?  Why not put the schoolbooks away and take your kids on a virtual trip...


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Tags: Sheltering Tips, Kids, Travel,

By ICES On April 17, 2020

ICES April Student of the Month

ICES is pleased to announce that Tuva from Norway has been selected as the Student of the Month for April.  Tuva has spent her...


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Tags: Exchange Student, Student of the Month, Youth Exchange

Each fall, I welcome a new group of exchange students to the Oregon coast and watch them begin the process of adapting to...


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Culture Shock, Youth Exchange

Can you imagine having all your kids studying abroad right when the coronavirus pandemic breaks out? That’s what happened to...


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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student,

By ICES On March 31, 2020

We're Giving Back

Let’s do more. Let’s give back. That was the consensus during a planning meeting at ICES headquarters. This idea was different...


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Scholarships

By ICES On March 22, 2020

ICES March Student of the Month

ICES congratulates Francesca from Italy for being selected as the Student of the Month for March! Francesca lives with the...


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student, Student of the Month

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