Laura Kosloff is creating Exchange Student Success
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Hello, Patreon friends,

I’m a local exchange program coordinator. My husband and I work with teenage exchange students between the ages of 15-18 who come to the United States for one semester or an academic year to live with an American family and go to high school here -- to learn what life is really like here in the USA. We help find host families, “match” students to a family, and supervise/guide/mentor students and host families during the exchange year. Each year we support the exchange of dozens of students. It’s as if we are looking after 40 teenagers a year! My husband speaks German, Italian, Spanish, and French, which helps in communications and problem-solving. We also train and guide the local coordinators in our area, so that they can better help their students and host families. Finally, we’ve also been a host family ourselves many times, having shared our home with 15 students over the last 14 years -- more if you count students who have been in our home temporarily for one reason or another.

We've learned so much about the challenges involved when students leave their countries to experience a different culture. It’s difficult for parents to see their children fly away, often for their first lengthy absence. It can be difficult for the students to adapt to different behaviors and expectations. And host families may not know how to successfully welcome a student into their home.

The reality is that everyone involved is human, and humans make mistakes. Most of these mistakes don’t have to cause a big problem…but some mistakes do cause problems. Small misunderstandings and cultural differences blossom into conflicts for many students and their host families every year. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality.

I started The Exchange Mom website several years ago with the goal of helping to tackle these kinds of misunderstandings. I hope it’s playing that role, and I’m gratified by the many followers that The Exchange Mom has on Facebook and Twitter. But I would like to make it something more. That's why we are here on Patreon.

I remember a few short months ago going to the home of one of our host families to say goodbye to their student from the Netherlands, who was getting ready to return home after her one-semester adventure here in the U.S. We both began to cry. But it was a good cry…recognizing all the ups and downs during the past six months, the things she has learned, the “stepping outside your comfort zone.” She has grown so much! And seeing that growth -- and being a small part of it -- is why we do what we do.

We especially want to thank our students, their parents, and our host families. We couldn’t dream of this project without you! With your support, we can take our role as advisors, confidantes, and “information source” even further. We welcome your support!
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You Want to Read About Cultural Exchange!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You will get our personal thanks for becoming a Patron! You are now supporting cultural exchange and international education -- and of course you will receive access to an early release here on Patreon of our blog posts. You are helping us reach our goal of making cultural exchange a better experience for everyone!
You Want to Read and Learn!
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Patrons at this level will receive our thanks (well, of course!), early release of blog posts, and periodic patron-only posts with tips to help you think about issues that might arise, discussions of exchange issues of the day, and mentions of interesting cultural differences.
Get the Info and Our Book, Too!
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to prior levels, we will send you a PDF of our e-book We Would Love to Host an Exchange Student, But....
Friend of Exchange
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Patrons at this level will receive everything from prior levels as well as access to a monthly video about a cultural exchange question. Here’s a chance to have your personal questions answered!
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This will help us with the expenses we have managing The Exchange Mom blog and website. It won’t cover costs (we spend more time on the blog than you can imagine) -- but it will help us move in that direction and give us inspiration to keep going!
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Hello, Patreon friends,

I’m a local exchange program coordinator. My husband and I work with teenage exchange students between the ages of 15-18 who come to the United States for one semester or an academic year to live with an American family and go to high school here -- to learn what life is really like here in the USA. We help find host families, “match” students to a family, and supervise/guide/mentor students and host families during the exchange year. Each year we support the exchange of dozens of students. It’s as if we are looking after 40 teenagers a year! My husband speaks German, Italian, Spanish, and French, which helps in communications and problem-solving. We also train and guide the local coordinators in our area, so that they can better help their students and host families. Finally, we’ve also been a host family ourselves many times, having shared our home with 15 students over the last 14 years -- more if you count students who have been in our home temporarily for one reason or another.

We've learned so much about the challenges involved when students leave their countries to experience a different culture. It’s difficult for parents to see their children fly away, often for their first lengthy absence. It can be difficult for the students to adapt to different behaviors and expectations. And host families may not know how to successfully welcome a student into their home.

The reality is that everyone involved is human, and humans make mistakes. Most of these mistakes don’t have to cause a big problem…but some mistakes do cause problems. Small misunderstandings and cultural differences blossom into conflicts for many students and their host families every year. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality.

I started The Exchange Mom website several years ago with the goal of helping to tackle these kinds of misunderstandings. I hope it’s playing that role, and I’m gratified by the many followers that The Exchange Mom has on Facebook and Twitter. But I would like to make it something more. That's why we are here on Patreon.

I remember a few short months ago going to the home of one of our host families to say goodbye to their student from the Netherlands, who was getting ready to return home after her one-semester adventure here in the U.S. We both began to cry. But it was a good cry…recognizing all the ups and downs during the past six months, the things she has learned, the “stepping outside your comfort zone.” She has grown so much! And seeing that growth -- and being a small part of it -- is why we do what we do.

We especially want to thank our students, their parents, and our host families. We couldn’t dream of this project without you! With your support, we can take our role as advisors, confidantes, and “information source” even further. We welcome your support!

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Tiers
You Want to Read About Cultural Exchange!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You will get our personal thanks for becoming a Patron! You are now supporting cultural exchange and international education -- and of course you will receive access to an early release here on Patreon of our blog posts. You are helping us reach our goal of making cultural exchange a better experience for everyone!
You Want to Read and Learn!
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons at this level will receive our thanks (well, of course!), early release of blog posts, and periodic patron-only posts with tips to help you think about issues that might arise, discussions of exchange issues of the day, and mentions of interesting cultural differences.
Get the Info and Our Book, Too!
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to prior levels, we will send you a PDF of our e-book We Would Love to Host an Exchange Student, But....
Friend of Exchange
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons at this level will receive everything from prior levels as well as access to a monthly video about a cultural exchange question. Here’s a chance to have your personal questions answered!