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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,

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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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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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

Dana Nordlander first became interested in hosting an exchange student after seeing an ad on Facebook. She and her husband,...


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Tags: Host Families, Cultural 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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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

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