Thankful Friday: Volume 2

Expressing thanks is important because, believe it or not, those people that are SO very important to us don’t always know just how important to us they are. Have you heard about “love languages”? Gary Chapman has written a liturgy of books on what he’s penned the 5 love languages.  The idea here is that…

Exchange Squad 2017

I imagine that there’s a ribbon, a blue and green globe-printed ribbon, and that the Virginia team of academic coordinators is racing along to place 20 students (that’s where the ribbon is, at the 20 student mark). CHI’s goal is for the academic year program to place 900 students this year.  That’s 900 kids with…

The magic of firsts

Part of the joy of sharing our experiences is that the things that for us are ordinary: are amazing when experienced through the lens of a young person having that experience for the very. first. time. We had our first snow of the year in Virginia this weekend. As I watched it come down, I…

Thankful Friday: Vol. One

Thankful Thursday: Thankful Friday resolution: I think it’s normal to get caught up in the happenings of life. Indeed, there’s so much happening! I work with exchange students in Virginia and they are: In art club, performing in plays, being involved in sports, meeting new friends, exploring, discovering and getting their bearings in their schools…

Trinkets, Gifts and Gratitude 

Three hours into my decoupage project: counter top covered in magazines and tiny scraps of paper. I am annoyed at the glue stuck to my hands, the way the finish is imperfect and still tacky as I test it, leaving the print of my index finger over the design of the collage. I find myself…

I wish you a kind Christmas

It’s the holiday season and for many American families this time is full of hustle and bustle: tree trimming, holiday parties, and excitement. ‘Tis the season.  There’s so much fun to be had during the holidays, but for many exchange students this part of the year can be filled with challenges. In orientation with CHI…

AYP Student Orientation

AYP Student Orientation This is a powerpoint tool to be used during orientation for new AYP program students.  It is to be provided by DAPA or AC and can be broken into 3 parts for breaking large groups up into smaller groups.  It is important to provide the orientation with the student orientation materials to include a thank you…

The first group outing: Washington D.C.

I had a great time meeting all of the students at orientation.  On Saturday the wonderful Dempsey, Gach, Miller, Scott & Thomas families took the students in Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa county. Looks like they had a great time together!  I’m so glad they had a good time. The benefits of these kind of gatherings…

Students of 2016/17: They’re all here!

I love our host families and feel so incredibly honored to get to witness their generosity, and the thoughtfulness with with they plan for their students arrival. The year is full of great moments, but one of my favorites is the first one when our families and students meet in person for the first time….

What it means to be matched: Aline & Jessica

Just about one year ago, I was meeting the Harvey Newcomb family for the first time and I liked them instantly.  They felt like friends: open, welcoming, irreverent, and generally really great.  Together we got their application done, looked at a couple students’ applications and they decided to host Aline. Aline stayed a little after…