Q: I've been feeling really homesick lately. I don't want my host family to think I don't like it here, but I need someone to talk to. Is there anyone out there who can help me?
A: It's very important that all of our students know that they are not alone. If you have a problem or just want someone to talk to, there are several people you can turn to. Your host family, friends, teachers, and school counselors are the people you see almost every day, and they can be of great help when you need it most. Don't forget that you can always talk to your NWSE Area Coordinator. Every student has an Area Coordinator (AC) who lives nearby. You should have received information on your representative before you left on your exchange, and their contact information is on your NWSE student ID card. Your AC is there for you if you ever have a problem or concern. You should be hearing from your AC at least once per month, either by phone, by e-mail, or meeting in person for an activity. When your AC asks you how things are going, be open and honest with them. That way, even if you have a small problem, they can help you solve it quickly.