Personal Growth in America

February 16, 2024By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

In the Fall of 2023, Annagiulia from Italy embarked on her PSE exchange experience with a determined mind and a heart full of vigor. As a 17-year-old senior in high school in Yorba Linda, CA, she was ready to take on the opportunities and challenges that awaited her. “I am a creative person with a … Read More

Sibling Harmony

December 7, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

When PSE students arrive to the U.S., they experience an adjustment process which can prove to be both challenging and life changing. For example, eating new foods, attending American high school, engaging in extracurricular activities, living in a new home with a new family, and for some, living with host siblings, are all new experiences … Read More

From Empty Nesters to Host Parents

October 30, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, News No Comments

Paul and Janie reside in a beautiful home in Chandler, AZ. They were empty nesters for nearly 16 years before they entertained the idea of hosting a student from Italy with PSE. “I’ve been retired for almost three years. So, with no kids in the house and retirement in play, the freedom was exponential,” shares Paul. Janie adds, … Read More

Passion for Math

October 2, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

When Rina, from South Korea, arrived in Illinois in August 2022, she was only 14 years old.  As a freshman in a high school in Providence, she was excited about her school year here in America. Rina enjoyed her Freshman year immensely, and over time she grew very close to her host family. Rina shares, “I … Read More

Perseverance Pays Off

August 14, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

After graduating from high school in France, Elena decided to embark on the PSE exchange program for a full academic year in Rockford, Illinois.  Elena states that the biggest challenge was leaving her family in France.  “At first, I didn’t think it would be that difficult. I was super excited, but then going to a new … Read More

A Passion for Dance

August 1, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Xenya, or “Maya” as her friends and host family call her, is a PSE student from Germany who attended high school as a Senior near Easton, Pennsylvania and graduated in May 2023.   Maya enjoyed living in Bethlehem, PA for her exchange year and shares her perception of the town: “Bethlehem is a little city, … Read More

A Cheerful Exchange Experience

July 17, 2023By Ann SteffenHost families, Students No Comments

Daniela, from Spain, is one of our youngest students on the PSE program this year.  At only 14 years of age, she came to America (Rochester, NY) with many dreams and a yearning for adventure. She describes her feelings while adjusting to her new home environment: “I was nervous and afraid. I’ve never left my home … Read More

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