This year, we are unveiling our new blog! Each month, we will be posting new articles about our students and alumni from the past 30 years, and about language learning, crossing cultures, and cultural traditions around the world.

Current Articles:

We want to feature you! Tell us how you have "(ex)changed your world." How has your student exchange experience impacted your goals and your worldview? Share your story with us by email at


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, remember to thank your host families for all the care they have shown you and for their generosity in welcoming you into their home as a member of the family. Do something nice for them: write them a card, make a dessert, or rake up those fallen leaves... a little gesture goes a long way! Better yet, perhaps there's a traditional way of expressing thanks from your home country that you could share!

We would love to see your Thanksgiving photos!
Send them to us at, or tag us on Facebook and Instagram.


This year's pumpkin carvings were the best we have seen! After reviewing over 30 submissions, we are excited to announce the winners of our pumpkin-carving contest!

Congratulations to first place winner, Marin from Japan!

View our other winning pumpkins on our website.


Attention students and families: Join NWSE's 2017-18 Facebook group today to connect with other exchange students and families, share photos from your exchange, and get important NWSE updates and announcements.


Q: I would like to go on a trip with my host family. What do I need to do to get permission?

A: Before you make any plans, talk to your Area Coordinator! A Travel Request Form, which you may get from your AC, is required in most cases. For international travel, you must also send your original DS-2019 Form to your Program Coordinator in Seattle for signed travel validation at least two weeks before your trip.

Q: What if I want to go on a trip but my host parents cannot accompany me?

A: Trips are only allowed if there is proper adult supervision approved by NWSE, your host parents, and your own parents (e.g., a teacher, a coach, or the parents of your friends). NWSE has sole discretion to approve or deny a proposed trip.

Each month, you have the opportunity to read about two of the hardworking and dedicated members of the NWSE staff. Meet Devon and Eirin!
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Devon Streich was born in Wisconsin and has lived most of his life in Yakima, Washington. He received his B.A. in German Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, studied at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich for one year, and spent a year teaching English through the Fulbright Program at a Gymnasium in Cottbus, Germany. In high school he participated in a school to school GAPP Exchange in Guestrow, Germany. He has a passion for teaching and working with students, and has experience teaching English, German, and piano lessons. Devon enjoys facilitating cultural exchange experiences and helping students have the same kind of rewarding experiences that have shaped him as a person.
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Eirin Waade was born in Oslo, Norway and grew up in Bellingham, Washington, "the city of subdued excitement." She recently moved back from Norway after living there for five years, where she worked in public schools and volunteered with refugees. She completed her B.A. at the University of Washington and M.A. at the University College of Oslo. In her spare time she enjoys biking around Lake Washington and spending time with family. She enjoys learning about other cultures and believes in NWSE's mission of building a global community.

International Education Week (Nov. 13-17) is a project of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education. Learn more about ways you can participate at

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) celebrates blessings from the past year. Its traditions are based on a feast shared between early New England settlers and the Native Americans who helped them. Families typically celebrate with a feast of turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie.

Hanukkah (sundown Dec. 12 to sundown Dec. 20) is a Jewish holiday, also called The Festival of Lights, that celebrates the Jewish victory over Greek rulers in 164 BCE. Festivities include traditional foods and games and the lighting of a menorah for eight nights.

Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) is the shortest day of the year, when the Northern Hemisphere tilts the farthest way from the sun. In the U.S. and many other countries, this day marks the official beginning of winter.

The holidays are approaching! If you are shopping for gifts through Amazon, please consider shopping through Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate a percentage of each purchase toward the NWSE exchange student scholarship fund.
We always welcome your program questions and suggestions. Please email us at or call our office at 206 527 0917. Questions we include in our newsletter will be published anonymously.

Happy Thanksgiving from your NWSE Team!

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