As another successful exchange year comes to an end, students have taken their final exams, hung up their prom outfits, and packed their suitcases for the flight home. We are so proud of our students from all over the world, their great families who volunteered to host them, and their hard-working Area Coordinators. Congratulations from all of us at NWSE on beginning a lifetime of friendship across the globe!

This time of year is always bittersweet: the excitement of returning home is mixed with sadness of leaving what has been your home for a semester or even a year. Luckily, there are strategies that you and your host families can use to keep your friendship and memories alive.

  1. Keep in touch: Be sure to stay in touch with each other now and over the years. Commit to updating each other about important events in your life. Exchange family members often visit each other in the years following the exchange. And don't forget to stay in touch with your Area Coordinators as well! They want to hear from you! Did you also know that NWSE has an alumni group on Facebook? Click here to join and share photos and stories and connect with other former students and families from our program.
  2. Get involved:
    • Find a club, organization, or other program in which you can share your newfound international knowledge and experiences
    • Refer one of your friends to NWSE as either an exchange student or host family
    • Join a Global Ambassadors program to maintain your international skills
    • Work with your school to encourage future students to follow in your footsteps
    • If you're a host parent, volunteer to host another NWSE student, volunteer at a sister-city association
    • Become an NWSE Area Coordinator!
  3. Relive the experience: We hope your exchange or hosting experience has left you with a lifetime of fond memories. In addition to sharing your exchange stories with family or friends, make a place for your experiences in your daily life: frame your favorite photos; wear the T-shirt you bought on family vacation with your hosts; drink your morning coffee from the mug that your exchange student brought you from their country. Small objects or gestures can easily become habits and fun reminders of the time shared together. Post your exchange videos and images on NWSE's Facebook page and YouTube channel!
  4. Practice, practice, practice: If you're a student returning home, be sure to keep up your language skills! Join your school's international or language club; watch movies, YouTube videos, and television; and read the news in English. Not only will your language skills keep you connected with your former host family, but they will also be an impressive addition to your future resume and career.

NWSE alumni, please stay in touch with us over the years! We wish each of you the best success in all your future academic, career, and personal endeavors, and we want to thank each host family member for opening their hearts and homes to their students. It was an incredible year of surprises, discoveries, and growth, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

All the best,
Your NWSE team

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Anna from Germany (red) with host sister in Wisconsin
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Luca from Switzerland in Utah
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Anton from Russia and Matheo from Switzerland in Idaho
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Anna from Switzerland in New York

Each year, we look for great families to host our exchange students arriving in August and September. This summer is no exception and, as always, we very much rely on and appreciate your help in finding more host families like you. NWSE will provide a $175 referral bonus to you, a program at your host school, or a community program of your choice for each host family you refer that hosts one of our NWSE students.

If you would like to host an NWSE exchange student or can refer someone who can, please contact NWSE by email at nwse@nwse.com or call toll-free at 1-877-850-3312. We would be delighted and grateful to place a student with a family referred by you, or again with your family!

We appreciate your continued support and commitment to building bridges between cultures, creating great exchange opportunities for great families and international students, and welcoming next year's students to NWSE's international family!

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and the influences of fathers in society. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18 in the U.S. Don’t forget to do something special for the father figures in your life on this important day!

It's a sunny day! June 20 marks the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Many communities around the U.S. celebrate this occasion with fairs, parades, and other fun activities. Find out how your local community might be celebrating!
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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