Exploring the Midwest Makes a Great Exchange Year   
Exchange student from Spain with her host mom on Lake Michigan

More to the Midwest

We have had a great year with Amaia! We were able to show Amaia that Indiana and the Midwest are not just flat farmland! We went to New Buffalo, Michigan for a day to see Lake Michigan and the town by the lake. We also got to take a couple of trips to Indianapolis to see museums and do some shopping. She even got to meet some of our family members. 

For spring break, we went to the hills of southern Indiana and experienced the Hoosier National Forest while staying at Spring Mill State Park. There, she learned about Astronaut Gus Grissom and got to see the actual Gemini III spacecraft. 

Amaia participated in soccer and basketball at school. She is an accomplished musician too and was able to sit in with the Auburn Community Band and play piano. 

Amaia made some very close friendships here that she will miss when she goes back to Spain. We will miss her a lot. She will always be a part of our family

—Nick and Lauren Nordmann (IN), host parents of Amaia (Spain)