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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

Have you ever wondered what it's like for an exchange student to arrive in the U.S.?  What cultural differences stand out to...


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Tags: Student Experience

Thinking about hosting an exchange student?  Or just curious about how it all works?  We've rounded up our most commonly asked...


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Tags: Host an exchange student

ICES is proud to introduce the Student of the Month for May, Chihok Gauy. Chihok is from Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is living...


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Tags: Student of the Month

Ivona Vanekova has been selected as the ICES Student of the Month for April. Ivona is from Prievidza, Slovakia and is living...


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

Jaime Barea Velez has been named the ICES Student of the Month for March. Jaime is from Seville, Spain and is living with the...


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We are proud to introduce Jana Dieckmann as our Student of the Month for February. Jana is from Gifhorn, Germany and is living...


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Tags: Exchange Student, Student of the Month

In 2014, Issy Rushton was a spunky 15-year old girl who charmed the community of Florence, Oregon with her enthusiasm, energy,...


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Tags: ICES Alumni

I gathered my purse, snacks, jackets, and lap blankets and headed out the door to enjoy a soccer game with the kids: my three...


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Tags: Culture Shock

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

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