Where Do Exchange Students Come From?


And where do they go?

This graphic appeared in National Geographic Magazine. I think it’s a great graphic not only for the information, but how it is  presented. It also has a short article attached that addresses the needs of Muslim students among other things.

Seeing Ghana listed sent me to do some internet research and I found that Ghana is a country that is described as very friendly and has English as it’s official language. It is one of the countries that participates in the YES program. If you are a potential exchange student that is interested in Africa, at least two organizations, AFS and CCI, offer programs to Ghana for exchange students from the United States.


7 responses to “Where Do Exchange Students Come From?

  1. Thats a really neat graphic. When my family first applied to host a student, we were hoping for a student from Grmany, but our student from Russia fits so well in our family, its great.

  2. It’s way more cool to host a student from the “OTHER COUNTRIES” category.

  3. Yes, I also think the graphic’s great.
    I’m German and want to do a “high school year” in the USA in 2010.
    It’s kind of frustrating, that there are so many German students coming and it seems like all families hope to get someone from another country 😦
    My parents would never agree to host a student for several reasons,so I’m hoping my dream comes true at least.

  4. Please don’t worry, Laura. Every year our organization has pages of profiles from German students, and every year each student receives a host family. In Texas and in much of the US, there are many German-Americans who are interested in maintaining or deepening their ties to their German ancestral home. Plus, German is still one of the most common languages taught in US schools. Choose a good picture of yourself for your profile and take the time and effort to write a thoughtful application. If you qualify, I encourage you to apply for a CBYX scholarship.

    My wife are always tossing the idea of hosting a German student, but lately, the YES students have had a greater need for host families than the German students.

    Good luck!

  5. This was a great piece, thanks for including the Nat’l Geographic piece, too. The information on Muslim culture was helpful.

  6. I have to say, I LOVE the title on this entry, because it reminded me of “Where do babies come from?”

    and I could just imagine explaining to a little kid:

    “Well, when a teenager, their country, another country, a couple of organizations, and their parents love each other very, very much, an exchange is born!”

    • That’s great Chelsea!

      You reminded me of an old story. We took our second exchange student to an exchange student pool party/picnic. At the picnic was our friends three year old daughter. Her parents were also hosting. We were trying to teach her everyone’s country.

      Us: Where is Stephan from?
      3 YO: Germany!
      Us: Where is Emila from?
      3 YO: Azerbaijan! (as close as she could say it)
      Us: Where is Asya from?

      (pause because she couldn’t remember Russia)

      3 YO: Asya is from a picnic!

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