Your First Day of School in the U.S.!

Many of you have already started school in different parts of the country. Getting ready for that first day - or even the first month - of school will likely be exciting and a bit stressful for most students. To alleviate the stress, we recommend that you do two things: (1) don't worry, and (2) ask questions. Your host family, school counselor, teachers, local NWSE Area Coordinator, the NWSE Seattle office, and your new American friends are all here to help you with any question or concern you have about school. Don't worry - just ask!

Join Our NWSE Facebook Group!

Attention students and families: Join our 2016-17 Facebook group today to connect with other exchange students and families, share photos from your exchange, and get important NWSE updates and announcements!

"NorthWest Student Exchange: Class of 2016-17" Facebook group

Honoring 25 Years of Service
 
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Last month, NWSE honored one of our longtime Area Coordinators, Miriam Fleming, who is retiring after 25 incredible years promoting and supervising exchanges for hundreds of exchange students! Congratulations on reaching such a tremendous milestone, Miriam! The NWSE staff, as well as all your students and host families, are all incredibly grateful and fortunate for your years of tireless dedication to the global exchange community.

NWSE Turns 30 in March 2017!

Next year, NWSE will officially kick off our 30-year anniversary celebration. To commemorate this special occasion, NWSE is planning a series of 30-themed events, contests, and activities throughout the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved!

 
Meet Our Newest NWSE Staff Members!
 
 
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Andrea Pakula is an NWSE International Program Coordinator for students from Germany, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. She was born and raised in the small town of Clarkston, Washington, and is proud to be a Pacific Northwest native. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Language from Linfield College, and spent three semesters studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, and Heidelberg, Germany. Her passions include foreign languages, history, and international exchange. She joined NWSE in July 2016 and is excited to help students and families explore other cultures and create lasting friendships that transcend international borders.
 
 
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Arabelle Liepold is an NWSE International Program Coordinator for direct-placement students primarily from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. In addition, she is spearheading NWSE's Alumni Outreach Team. She was born and raised in Germany and relocated from Berlin to Seattle in 2014. She studied in Constance, Germany, and Sydney, Australia, and has a master's degree in English and American Literature and Media Studies. Arabelle joined the NWSE team in June 2016. Having moved across the "Big Pond" herself, she is excited to build bridges across cultures and help our students and families make their time together an unforgettable and rewarding experience.
 
 
2016/17 Exchange Student Excursions
 

NWSE-affiliated organizations are offering great excursions to 2016/17 exchange students! Click the flyer links below for more information.

Please note that the below excursions are offered solely under the auspices of the program providers listed on the linked flyers, which operate and manage their programs independently of NWSE. NWSE assumes no responsibility or liability for program outcome. In previous years, students have enjoyed participating in appropriate, short-term cultural programs outside the auspices of NWSE.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Dates: October 19 - 24, 2016

What's Included: 5 Nights at an Anaheim, CA Hotel, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour, Beach, and more. Fully chaperoned by experienced 27 year veteran group coordinators.

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WALT DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Dates: March 5 - 11, 2017

What's Included: 6 Nights at a Beautiful Disney Resort Hotel, 5 Day Park Hopper Pass, Fully chaperoned by experienced 27 year veteran group coordinators.

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ECO Hawaii Program 2017
Dates: March 18 - 25, 2017

What's Included: 8 day program, 5 days of Environmental Activities and Excursions, Live with a Volunteer Host Family, Farewell Dinner and Graduation Ceremony, ECO Certificate of Completion

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NEW YORK CITY
Dates: April 2 - 7, 2017

What's Included: 5 nights hotel stays (quad occupancy), Transportation to/from airport, TWO Broadway Shows, Fully chaperoned by experienced 27 year veteran group coordinators

Visits to: Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MUCH more!

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Upcoming NWSE Contests
 

  • NWSE invites our exchange students to participate in our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest this October! Submit a photo of you and the Halloween pumpkin you carved to compete for fun prizes. Further details coming soon.
  • NWSE Video Campaign: Share your exchange stories and experiences with the world! This spring, submit a short video showcasing memorable moments from throughout your exchange in America. The first 10 NWSE exchange students who submit a video that meets the submission guidelines will receive incredible prizes! Prizes, deadlines and other video campaign details will be announced soon. Get ready and start recording today! Check out our YouTube channel to see the video submissions from last year and get inspired!

Holidays and Cultural Events
 

September 22, 2016, marks the beginning of the "fall season" with the Fall Equinox. On that day, the sun will rise exactly in the east and set exactly in the west, and day and night will be the same length. After that, daytime will get shorter and shorter in the Northern Hemisphere until the Winter Solstice in December. Examples of some fall activities in the U.S. include exploring corn mazes and pumpkin patches, harvesting farm produce, watching American football games, celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving, and drinking hot apple cider or pumpkin spice lattes.

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We always welcome your program questions and suggestions. Please email us at nwse@nwse.com or call our office at 206 527 0917. Questions we include in our newsletter will be published anonymously.
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