I just got back about a week ago from France… and the absolute time of my life – hands down. I feel so fortunate to have been matched with a girl that I got along with so well and a family that I felt so comfortable with. I have memories that I’ll never forget and a second family that I will always keep in touch with. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), I have nothing bad to say that can help you better this program because for me, I found it perfect. My only complaint is that I felt like time passed too quickly, but there’s nothing anyone can do about that! I was thankful for every moment Kendall was here with me and every moment I was in France with Kendall’s family. I knew French before I arrived, but boy, now I feel like a professional! I feel good to put myself under the “fluent” category now!

At this point, I do not have any pictures on my computer, but as soon as I have time to sit down and do that, I will send you another email with pictures attached!

Thank you for providing me with this amazing opportunity, and the best time I have had in my entire life.

I just wanted to write to you to tell you that I am now safely back in the U.S. after my month in Spain. I had a great time, and I want to thank you and everyone else involved in making my trip go smoothly. My family was great, and although my “sister” was not able to return with me this summer, she may come over winter break or next summer.I know it took a lot of extra effort on your part to get everything arranged with Spain, and I just wanted you to know that I am very grateful for everything that you did.

Thank you, Brittany

Sorry I haven’t e-mailed you sooner. I got home from Italy July 26 and I had a wonderful time. I really want to thank you for everything that you did for me and Alessio. I now have a family in Italy and friends for the rest of my life. It was an opportunity that I’m so glad I took. I would recommend it for anyone.

I am planning to go back to visit my family soon, I miss them so much. We all got really close and it was really the experience of a lifetime. We’ve still been talking by e-mail, and I’m planning on calling them soon, but with his soccer schedule…he’s a pro now!! He got signed when I was there to ChievoVerona team!! and the time difference it’s hard to get a good time to talk.

Thanks so much for everything,

I just wanted to let you know that I am now back in the United States after my one month trip to Taipei, Taiwan. I just wanted to thank you for everything that you did for me! Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to take part in this exchange. I can honestly say that I had the best time of my life in Taiwan, made a lot of new friends, and made a lot of great memories. I could not have done anything without you! Thank you so much! I am really going to miss Taipei as well as Stephanie and her family. Stephanie became my best friend this summer and I will never forget her or the fun I had. I definitely will do my best to spread the word about this program. I want others to experience what I did-making new friends, seeing a new place, and having the time of their life. I just wanted to say thanks for all the work you put into this, and thank you for your encouragement along the way. I realized I was worried over nothing because absolutely nothing went wrong. It was so amazing! It also made me realize I want to learn Chinese and someday go back to Taipei again. I really love it there. Just so you know, I wrote a little about my trip for the Rotary Club in Taipei for them to share with the Rotary at a meeting on a later date. I typed it up and I have it. It’s six pages long. Would you be interested in reading that? If so, I can e-mail it to you. Just let me know!

Thanks SO MUCH



How are you? I had the time of my life this summer on my short-term exchange to Germany, thanks for all your help!! I’m looking into doing the long-term exchange next fall, who should I contact?? When? Any answers would be greatly appreciated!


I just wanted to email you and thank you for all your help in getting me to France. I had a wonderful experience and can’t wait to go back and visit my new “French” family. I also had just as much fun hosting my sister from France. This was such an eye opening experience.


Julie made it home from Thailand and has recovered from her jetlag. She had a wonderful time and is waiting for Nan to visit us in October.

Thanks for all you your work,

I hope you’re havinga great summer this year, I’m in Italy right now and I have to admit thatI am having a blast,I just came back from a 10 day hike through the mountains of Calabria andI was amazed by all the beautiful sites we passed through,……..Thanks for helpingme and my familythis year with my trip I’m having many unforgetable moments.


I am in Madrid and everything is great. My host family is very nice, and have made me feel at home. I have already done many things, but the thing I am looking forward tois going to southern Spain in two weeks. I can´t wait to see how Madrid differs from the rest of Spain. Please write back. I would like to keep you updated on my exchange.


Hope tells me I was suppose to send you some pictures of Stina’s stay with us and a little write up. Sorry for the delay.

Stina came on June 12th and went back on July 10th with Alyssa. We went to several places. Included in Stina’s stay was Two trips to Noah’s Ark and two trips to River View in the Dells. We took her to Eau Claire to see a renaissance faire, sawdust city day carnival, a Eau Claire Predators football game, Ervine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls, the Portage championship baseball game in Aplleton, Big Falls County park in Eau Claire, Devil’s Lake State park, the Merrimac Ferry, Pardeeville’s fourth of July Parade, Rhyme and Booms, State street in Madison, the State capital, a couple extend trips to East Town Mall, Parfries Glen, the American Players Theatre Measure to Measure and watersking on Swan Lake.

Stina’s stay with us was very enjoyable. Alyssa and Stina hit it off great. Alyssa is currently in Sweden and will be coming back on August 11th. So far it had been a great experience for both girls.

I’ll send you a few pictures of Stina’s stay with us. I made up a cd on which I sent back with Stina to show her friends and parents approximately 270 some pictures. Hopefully we will have some of Alyssa’s stay in Sweden later.

I hope your other exchanges went as well.

Bob & Hope

how are you?? I just wanna thanks for your invited!! tonight’s fire works are sooooo awesome:) in Taipei there have too many light from the buildings so i always can’t see the great fire works like here!! I’ve been here about 2 weeks…times fly!! I really like here!! everyone treat me very well! I’m a lucky girl! this is my 2’nd times to visit to America…I like here very much!! Taiwan and United State are AWESOME. I probably will havemy master degree in here i wish when that time i’ll meet lots of nice people just like right now!!

By the way, I like your gorgeous house and the Perfect view!!!!

have a great night 🙂