Our 2003-2004 Exchange Group
is from Germany. While in America she lived in Burr Oak, Michigan where
she played basketball, participated as a cheerleader, competed in
track. Laura voted Snow-Fest Queen during the 2003-2004 school year at
Burr Oak High School. At her home in Burr Oak, she enjoyed horseback
riding and entered many competitions with the horse she rode and cared
for. She also had her own dog while here. Her pal Jewels. She improved
her English, made many friends and had a fun year.
is from Russia. While here, she temporarily stayed in Constantine,
Michigan and later with her host family in Henderson, Michigan. She
likes to eat chicken and tomato pizza and her favorite colors are
black, blue and red. She visited distant relatives in New York, which
she became acquainted with.
is from Germany. She stayed in Constantine, Michigan with her host
family. She played volleyball and competed in track. Sandra also sang
in the high school choir. She attended many football games and enjoyed
watching and cheering her team on to victory. Sandra had a great
Christmas gift, her sister, Jana, came all the way from Germany to
visit her. She enjoyed traveling a lot with her host family.
is from Vietnam. She temporarily stayed in Constantine, Michigan and
Three Rivers, Michigan. Eventually she was placed into her host
family's home in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Nikki is very friendly and
an easy to get along with person. She always has a smile and a kind
word to say. Nikki enjoys singing. She sang in her high school choir.
is from Russia. She landed within hours of the New York black out, and
stranded in New York for three days. She was placed into her host
family's home in Constantine, Michigan. Though she didn't get out much,
she enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness of the country. She wanted to be
home with her host family and enjoyed their companionship.
is from Germany. She adjusted and got along well to her host families;
she lived in Constantine, Michigan. She made many friends, learned new
customs, different ways of life, and different point of views. She did
very well in school. While on Christmas break she enjoyed an adventure
with a long drive to Texas to visit her host grandparents. During our
outing to Cedar Point Amusement Park, she paired up with another German
student and discovered the wiles of American roller coasters and fair
is from Russia. She was placed into her host family's home in Union
City, Michigan. Her host family had a special pet pig that she didn't
like. She enjoyed going shopping and attending school. Everyone enjoyed
her personality and her willingness to help.
is from Russia. She adjusted well to her difficult time and dealing
with rudeness. She moved into her new host family's home in Port
Austin, Michigan and did much better. She played basketball and
volleyball for her high school. She spent much of her time giving back
to the community with the "Walk for Warmth" and many other community
Mathias is from Austria. He was also placed into a host family's home in Port Austin, Michigan. He was the only boy in
our group. He was able to visit family members that live here in America while he was here.
lives in Germany. She was also placed into a host family's home in Port
Austin, Michigan. She played volleyball, basketball and participated in
track. Mei- Mei was a little more prepared for her host parents than
most since her mother speaks only English back in Germany. Though she
enjoyed her host family, she preferred living in large cities as
opposed to small towns. She enjoyed visiting Florida and California
during her stay in the USA.
is from Russia. She was placed into a host family's home in Port Hope,
Michigan. She enjoyed spring break in Florida with the campus life
group. She was a very happy and talkative girl, who bloomed into a
young lady during her stay.
Past Students Survival Tips
Be careful in conversation, don't talk about people,
because everyone know and shares everything.
Be careful with boys because everybody will try and have some relationships or sex.
Be honest with Host family; do not be afraid to talk.
Never lie because someone will find out about it and it will cause big trouble
Try and find friends, don't be scared to start conversation, it is very important
Be open minded- try new things; even if you think you may not like it
Be friendly and polite- You wanna make friends so give people a reason so they wanna be friends with you
Talk- Even if you think your English is bad, it makes you better.
Be open minded for a new and different culture
Get along with host sisters and brothers, even if you don't really like them,
but you like the host parents.
Don't be afraid to open to people, you will find friend, be yourself.
Be friendly, polite, obey, participate, and be creative
Don't expect too much from people and your host family
Have a good attitude toward new things
When people invite you for something, don't stick with your homework,
otherwise you won't make friends.
Don't compare your country with the US
Try to ovoid political conversations and don't tell when you don't agree
Try to live like everyone else. You don't want to be an outsider
Participate in activities and clubs
Don't wait for people to come and talk to you,
make the first step yourself and talk to people
Be yourself-American girls like exchange students
Talk to your friends at home!! Call them every two weeks
Don't change the way you dress
Don't eat too much junk food
Don't be shy! You won't be here forever
Never be afraid to go to your representative,
when you are having problems with your host family
Communication with your host family and representative are very important
Talk about everyday things (school, sports etc..)
Don't forget to let your host family know your plans right away.
Try to get along with your host brother and sisters
Make friends with your teachers
Communication with others is very important
Be flexible and try new things
Study hard at school
Meet new people
Learn new culture
Talk with you coordinator when having trouble
Talk and except others correcting you so you can learn English better
Don't be scared because everybody is friendly here
You need to be nice to host family and local representative they can help you