Swimming Success in America

July 5, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students 1 Comment

In his home country of Italy, Gabriele trained and practiced swimming at a competitive level since he was six years old. Training for two hours a day, six days a week, he learned to manage a heavy workload as well as exuded a high level of sacrifice, discipline, and organization. Before arriving on the PSE program, … Read More

Creativity in Action

June 23, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Sophie has always dreamed of visiting America and experiencing American life. Now, at 16 years old, Sophie’s dream came true in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Before coming to America, she thought an exchange year would be a “perfect opportunity to get to know a new life with a new culture and new friends.”  She shares, “I … Read More

Going Above and Beyond

June 16, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Ben and Katelyn of Portland, OR have gone “above and beyond” as a host family. Since beginning their host family experience in January of 2022, Ben and Katelyn have hosted six PSE students from Italy, Japan, Germany, and France.  They have included their students on vacations to Seattle, the Oregon coast, Los Angeles, CA, and … Read More

Community College in America

March 24, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

After graduating from her German high school in 2022, 18-year-old Katharina decided to embark on a full academic year in America attending community college on the PSE program.  “I wanted to improve my English and get to know the American culture and lifestyle,” she reflects. “I also wanted to find out which courses of study … Read More

A Natural Born Leader

February 28, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students 1 Comment

“This is my first time in America. This exchange experience has made me more confident, more likely to approach people, and more open to new things,” shares Alex, who is a PSE student from Germany completing her Junior year of high school in the Deer Valley School District in Arizona. Alex’s host mother, Dawn, thinks the … Read More

A Class Act

February 16, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students 1 Comment

Lea is a 15-year-old from Austria, who has embarked on a full academic year as a PSE exchange student. She never imagined that connecting with her host family and being involved in her school theater program would have been so rewarding. Between rehearsals, academics, and exploring Rockford, Illinois, Lea is living life in America to … Read More

Sharing Spanish Culture in America

February 3, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students 3 Comments

Ana, from Spain, is 15 years old and attends high school in Scottsdale, AZ.  She shares that one of the main reasons for embarking on PSE’s exchange program was to experience the educational system in America.  In Spain, her teachers knew Ana as a great student due to her high grades, excellent attitude, and discipline … Read More

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