Monday Matches: Asian Students

Jin, 15, Japan

• Baseball
• Cooking together
• Board games
• Fishing

Jin started to have an interest in studying in the United States when he went to New York to to participate in a ballet convention. He couldn’t communicate with people in English at that time, so he has a strong will to improve his English skills by talking with many people during his exchange
year. Also, he used to travel to other countries such as France, Belgium, Singapore, and so on.  His father is a pastry chef, so Jin went to European countries many times with his father. His family is international, so he has much support from the family.

Yubin, 15, Korea, South

• Baseball/Softball
• Choir/Singing
• Board games
• Volunteering

Yubin has a great personality.  He encourages and helps his classmates who don’t do well during the class. He is a well disciplined student. He knows how to apologize and gratitude to people. He is always saying that expression. He likes baseball. So He will enjoy it during a High School Year with his friends and host family.

Chaitawat, 15, Thailand

• Drums
• Soccer

Chiatawat is one of kind student, polite and open-minded.  He would like to be exchange student because of gain new experience and improve language.

Hsiang-Wei, 16, Taiwan

• Baseball/Softball
• Excursion or Trips
• Martial arts
• Camping
• Hiking
• Volleyball

Hsiang-Wei (Henry) has a pleasant and outgoing personality and is able to carry on a conversation in English without any problems even in a high pressure situation. His sense of humor always makes everyone around him happy. Henry has a variety of interest, but his loves are playing baseball and assemble machine. He is an all-around student and I am sure he will be a successful exchange student.


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Multicultural Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in The US

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)



Today in the United States, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King fought for civil rights during the turbulent times in the 1960s, when segregation still existed in this country.  He not  fought for the rights of African Americans to be treated equally, but not in a violent manner.  He preached empowerment, love and civil disobedience.

Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, but his memory is kept alive.  He is known as “one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.”  We honor his memory through today’s holiday, also more recently known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  

Saturday Students!

Sarah, 15, Austria

Sarah is a social and humorous girl. She lives with her parents and her older sister. In her free time, she loves playing instruments like clarinet and she is playing in the orchestra. As well she would like to learn to play the piano. She often has barbecues with her friends and family and enjoys playing board games, make trips and cooking with her family. Sarah is very close with her sister and they like spending time together.  Another passion of her is cooking.

Oliver, 17, Denmark

He is an active and athletic boy who loves to do sports and would also enjoy trying new sports activities in the US. He hopes to further improve his English skills and experience the American culture and become an integrated part of a host family. He has a great sense of humor and loves to spend time with his family and friends.

Kazuhiro, 17, Japan

Kazuhiro is a student who has a strong wish to study in the United States. Last year, he went to Philippines and attended classes for a short time.  Through this experience, he learned that there are many cultures in the world, and it is fun to learn the differences. He loves music and playing the guitar.  I am really sure that he would make his exchange year great!

WooHo, 16, South Korea

Woo ho is active and positive teenager who loves listening to classic music and pets. He knows his responsibility as a student and family members and also makes a detail plan for his life. Going abroad as an exchange student will be the first step for his life journey and with his strong will and attitude, Woo ho will make his best year in US with host family and friends.

Liselotte, 17, Netherlands

Liselotte is a likeable, optimistic and talkative student. She really likes to experience a new culture and improve her English.  According to her mom she has a sweet personality. She really likes music, she likes choir, playing the piano and loves dancing! Especially hip hop and ballet. She also has a huge passion of fashion. She is really proud of this: “At the Easter celebration, I prayed for the whole school and that’s like 250 – 300 people. This is very impressive.” She is a Christian girl and goes to church every week. She is also into sports.

Piyapan, 17, Thailand

Piyapan is a kind, honest, outgoing and open minded boy. He likes to do a lot of activities such as volleyball and watching movies. Moreover, he would like to do a lot of activities with his host family during the exchange year as well such as go to travel, cooking, play sport, grow plant, shopping and watching movie.  During exchange year if he gets a misunderstanding with host family, he will adapt and make it clear with host family. Of course, he will apologize forthe mistake. His favorite subjects are English and club.

Would you be interested in hosting any of these students or one of the many others we are placing for the 2014 – 2015 school year?  

Thoughtful Thursday: Belgian Proverbs

We love dogs!

We love dogs! (Photo credit: Camil Agapie)

Qui m’aime aime mon chien.

He who loves me, loves my dog.

Foreign Exchange Friday: Celebrating Homecoming in Delaware!

Last week was a big weekend for some of our students as they celebrated Homecoming around the First State!

Lena is dressed and ready for Homecoming at Delmar HS!

Lena is dressed and ready for Homecoming at Delmar HS!

Lena and her Host Mom, Mia.

Lena and her Host Mom, Mia.

Ra attended his first football game at Homecoming at the University of Delaware.

Ra attended his first football game at Homecoming at the University of Delaware.

Ra is ready for Homecoming at Appoquinimink HS.

Ra is ready for Homecoming at Appoquinimink HS.

Word of the Day Wednesday: Ügyeskedö



also sometimes translated as scheming, and many Hungarian people describe this as the ‘Hungarian way.’


Hardworking bee

Hardworking bee (Photo credit: Daviniodus)


Foreign Exchange Friday: American Traditions – Homecoming

Many schools in our area are celebrating something called Homecoming this time of year.  But our exchange students are may not familiar with what this is – so what is Homecoming?

Wikipedia defines Homecoming as “the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school. It most commonly refers to a tradition in many universitiescolleges and high schools in the United States. It usually includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town.”

Homecoming is a time of year for alumni (students who have graduated) to “come home” or come back to their school to reminisce about their time there.  This weekend is usually marked with pep rallies, football games and dances.  Some schools will elect a “Homecoming Queen” or “Homecoming King.”  These are senior students who are voted on by the student body of the school.

This weekend is Homecoming for some local high schools and the University of Delaware and my own exchange student will get to experience Homecoming there.  Hopefully, he’ll get to see why it’s such a strong American tradition. 🙂


Vanderbilt University Homecoming King and Queen

Vanderbilt University Homecoming King and Queen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UD homecoming

UD homecoming (Photo credit: ChrisHConnelly)


Foreign Exchange Friday: Your Support Network

John Longanecker talking on a phone after eati...

John Longanecker talking on a phone after eating at Denny’s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Students and families don’t have to navigate their exchange year alone.  EF Foundation for Foreign Study provides you with a local and remote support network to assist with any questions or issues that may arise.  We are here to help with anything – from questions about travel to issues of homesickness to conflicts between students and families.

Your first stop is your International Exchange Coordinator (IEC).  S/he is the support person in your local area.  S/he will call to check in with both families and students each month to make sure things are going smoothly and your IEC is available to you anytime for questions or to talk.  IECs are highly trained and certified by the Department of State and must go through a re-screening and training each year, so they are prepared to help you.  Make sure you have your IECs contact information, so you can reach out to them when you need them!

You can also reach out to your Regional Coordinator (RC).  The RC oversees the IECs in his/her region and is available to families and students as an additional layer of support locally.  Your RC may check in with you as well, conduct a secondary visit in your home or provide additional assistance with problem solving or counseling issues.  RCs and IECs also work together before students arrive to lock in school slots, screen host families for suitability according to State Department and EF Foundation guidelines and assist with matching students and families.

Your Program Support Manager is based in the Boston office and provides higher level assistance when needed.  S/he will also check in with students and families periodically to ensure they are feeling supported and comfortable.  Your PSM oversees the RCs and IECs and add yet another level of support for you.  PSMs are also in contact with our foreign offices in case natural parents need to be contacted and to keep them updated on how their students are faring.

Finally, you can reach out in an emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-447-4273.

You are provided with the contact information for all your support staff at your Welcome Orientation.  Please keep it where it is easily accessible.  If you use Facebook, you can usually find these folks there as an additional way to contact them.

Again, we are here to help!  Don’t hesitate to reach out!

Tasty Tuesday: Wiener Apfelstrudel

Wiener Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)


Strudel dough:

English: apfelstrudel

English: apfelstrudel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • ¼ kg (8.8 oz. / 2 cups) very fine flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons oil
  • about 1/8 litre (1/2 cup) luke-warm water
  • 100 g (3.5 oz. / ¾ cup) dry bread crumbs
  • 125 g (4.4 oz. / 5/8 cup) butter
  • 1 ½ – 2 kg (3 ½ – 4 ½ lbs.) apples
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • walnuts and raisins

How to make it:

  • For the strudel dough, mix together flour, salt, oil and enough luke-warm water to make a soft dough. Knead very well until it becomes silky and smooth.
  • Form the dough into a loaf, cover and allow to rest for about 30 minutes. Roll out the dough on a table covered with a floured cloth. Place your hands under the dough and using your thumbs and the back of your hand, gently begin pulling and stretching the dough until wafer-thin. Trim away the thick edges.
  • Brown the bread crumbs in some of the butter until golden brown. Brush the strudel dough with melted butter and spread the bread crumbs over it. Peel and core the apples, cut into thin slices (a cucumber slicer may be used) or grate coarsely.
  • Season with sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves and spread on top of the bread crumbs. If you like, scatter a few raisins and/or coarsely grated walnuts on top. Using the cloth to help lift the dough, roll up the strudel from the sides as you would a jelly roll. Place it seam side down on a baking tray, brush generously with butter and bake at 180°C (350°F) until golden brown.

Thoughtful Thursday: Swiss Proverbs

Mincha sabi practicant ei dilg glück sieu sez fabricant.

Every man is the maker of his own fortune.

Tgi che sa rumantsch sa dapli