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Kari Owens

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Kari is the National Training Director for International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES). She’s passionate about youth exchange and has experienced it from every angle. In high school, she spent an academic year in Rancagua, Chile as an exchange student, and has since been a host mom to more than a dozen exchange students. She and her husband also supported both of their daughters during their exchange years to Germany and Ecuador. Currently, Kari spends her days providing training to ICES field staff to equip them to provide outstanding support to students and host families throughout the U.S.

Recent Posts

The first ICES exchange student of the season arrived last week!  Tina has made the long trek from the Czech Republic to her...

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Tags: Welcome Family, Host Families

The 18-year old me spent the summer listening to Spanish lessons on vinyl records, obsessively checking the mailbox for news...

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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student, Study Abroad,

Now, more than ever, we are looking for ways to bring unity, peace, and understanding to our world.  Hosting an exchange...

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Tags: Welcome Family, Host Families, Cultural Exchange,

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,

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

Two exchange students living with the same host family bring double the opportunity to learn about other cultures. This type...

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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student,

Your exchange student is living thousands of miles from home for an extended period of time. Virtually everything is different...

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Tags: Student Support, Exchange Student, Culture Shock

Many exchange students say one of their top reasons for spending a year in the U.S. is to gain fluency in English. Being...

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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Student Support, Exchange Student

For most exchange students, October and November are the most difficult months of the exchange. Cultural differences that were...

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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Student Support,

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