Living and Loving an American Dream!

December 3, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

When Karl, from Germany, contemplated becoming an international student, his main focus went well beyond improving his English-speaking skills.  “I also want to know the USA not like a tourist, but by living in an American family like a normal high school student because I love America so much!” Karl’s dream came true while attending … Read More

A Try Worth Giving

October 21, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Taro, from Germany, is a 10th grade student attending a high school in Washington. During his PSE exchange experience, he has relished his time on the west coast. Even without understanding the game of football, Taro enjoyed attending a Washington Cougars football game with his host family. He has also appreciated ocean visits, hikes, movie … Read More

The Best American School Experience

October 14, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Carolin, from Germany, has experienced her eleventh year of high school in Colorado Springs, CO.  Carolin’s host mother describes her as passionate, sweet, and caring.  She loves Carolin’s fun-loving spirit and her kind, considerate heart. Carolin’s Host Mom shares a favorite memory: “For Easter, our family roasted Peeps marshmallows in the fireplace. Since Carolin is … Read More

On Track for the Olympics!

October 7, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

It is realistic to say that Alessandro is on track for the Olympics (pun intended!) Alessandro is in 11th grade attending high school in Orlando, FL for an academic Semester.  He is from Austria.  Alessandro’s Local Coordinator, Mary Ellen, describes him as “really a good kid and always appreciative.”  She says that he is a … Read More

A Dream Realized

June 20, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

To attend school in America has been a dream of Constanza’s for as long as she can remember. “When I was a child, I used to watch movies that showed typical American high schools. Since then, my dream was always to live a typical life here (in the U.S.) and attend a high school. So, … Read More

Diving Right In

June 20, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Valeria is our first student from Chile, and she is loving American life, even from the moment she stepped off the plane. The day of her arrival is one of her favorite memories for a number of reasons, but especially because on the same day she arrived, she accompanied her host family to a Green … Read More

From Asuncion to Petaluma

May 17, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Andrea, the first PSE student from Paraguay to participate on the PSE Trimester Program, came from Asuncion to attend high school in Petaluma, CA as a sophomore. “I chose the shorter program to avoid missing too much school in Paraguay,” she explains as why she felt the Trimester program as a perfect fit for her. … Read More

A True Participant

April 4, 2022By Ann SteffenStudents No Comments

Daniel, from Spain, is an 11th grade student attending a high school in Pennsylvania. His host father, Greg, says that Daniel has become a member of their family and describes him as a thoughtful, energetic young man who seizes every opportunity that comes his way. “He fully engages in life around him. He is definitely … Read More

A Videographer in the Making

March 18, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

In 2017, Jonah from Germany visited New York City and Miami with his family for his dad’s birthday. It was during this visit to the U.S. that he decided he would like to return to experience life in America as an exchange student. “I was overwhelmed by all the new things I never saw before … Read More

Three Months of “Firsts”

February 11, 2022By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Miguel, an only child from Spain, has learned for the first time in his life what it is like to have three brothers. A PSE Trimester student in Rochester, NY, Miguel is hosted by a family with their own two sons, Joey and Jake, as well as another PSE student from France, Felix.  Joey and … Read More