30th Anniversary Video Campaign: Deadline May 15

Deadline extended! You have another two weeks to send us your videos of fun, creative, and informative moments from your exchange year. Share your stories and impressions with the NWSE community - and the world! Check out campaign rules and prizes by visiting our video campaign page.

For inspiration, check out past students' videos on our NWSE YouTube channel.

NWSE Stellar Student of the Month

We want to thank those of you who submitted nominations for the NWSE Student of the Month! We are honored and impressed by the many stellar students in our program every year - you are the reason we do what we do!

NWSE Stellar Student of the Month: Kasia from Poland

This month, we would like to introduce Kasia from Poland (below, on left), who has enriched her host community in Idaho with her zest for life and contagious positive attitude. Congratulations, Kasia, and thank you for being so stellar!

Kasia with host mom Carrie

NWSE Stellar Student of the Month: Leonie from Germany

Because we received so many nominations for wonderful students, we wanted to squeeze in one more student for recognition: Leonie, from Germany. She has gone above and beyond expectations in her school, excelling in Advanced Placement classes and competing in the Model United Nations Club earlier this month.

Leonie in Washington, D.C.

Now accepting Student of the Month nominations for May!

Host families, coordinators, and friends: Please take a quick moment now to nominate your favorite NWSE exchange student who has inspired others and participated as a member of your community. Nominate a Stellar Student of the Month by May 4, 2018.

NWSE BLOG: Outbound Programs

Did you know that NWSE offers programs for American students to study abroad? This month we interviewed Chris, a high school student from Seattle, who spent the last year in Osaka, Japan. Listen to what he has to say about the importance of cross-cultural learning and the amazing experiences you can have when you embrace other languages and cultures!

Stories from an Exchange to Japan

Feeling inspired by Chris?

Learn more about how you can follow in his footsteps and study abroad with NWSE.

Post and Send Us Your Photos, Stories, and Videos

Remember to post and send images and stories of your exchanges to nwse@nwse.com. And don't forget to tag your photos! #nwse

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Meet Our Newest Staff Member!
We are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member in the Seattle office! Meet Kristin Peterson, our new Program Coordinator. Kristin brings a wealth of international experience to the NWSE team.
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Born in Honolulu, Kristin grew up in Oregon and went on to earn her B.A. in International Studies and German from Willamette University, followed by an M.A. in Japan Studies from the University of Washington. During college, she spent a year in Munich and then spent three years teaching English in Narashino in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. There she enjoyed trying kyudo (Japanese archery) and ikebana (flower arranging), and sang with the Chiba International Singers. Before joining NWSE, Kristin worked at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle. Kristin will be working with NWSE students from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and Mongolia. Welcome to the team, Kristin!
Last Weeks of Your Exchanges - "Exchangitis"?
by Jeff Laband, Executive Director of NWSE

In the U.S. we sometimes call an affliction suffered in the last months of one's high school career "senioritis." As you reach the last few weeks of your exchange, you may exhibit the student exchange version of this: "exchangitis."

Students suffering this debilitating disease display one or more of the following symptoms: feelings of apathy, a lack of studying, frequent late assignments, messy bedrooms, and generally taking things for granted.

If this disease seems to have invaded your body or home, do not panic, as there is a cure!

The "cure" for this unfortunate malaise is increasing meaningful communication and activities between student and host family, as well as students recommitting themselves to positive communication with their teachers and to keeping up with school assignments, despite all the fun end-of-year activities.

Let's all recommit to one another today to finishing the last weeks of our exchanges on a high note - leaving lasting, positive impressions in your communities and building foundations for lifelong friendships!

Holidays and Cultural Events

Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is a cultural holiday to celebrate Mexican-American culture. Cities and towns often host parades on this day and events with Mexican music, dancing, and food.

Mother's Day (May 13) is a national holiday to celebrate mothers. Don't forget to do something special for your host moms and host grandmothers on this day!

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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