Exchange student from Egypt proudly displays her flag at welcome BBQ in Washington Gana (Egypt) reps her country at a PAX welcome BBQ in Washington.


September 2023, Vol XXIX, No. 1

Welcome to a brand new year of PAX Pressthe newspaper for exchange students, host families, and schools since 1995. We've checked in with the PAX community. They've shared their stories and photos. And now, we have it all for you in our first issue of the 2023/24 program year.

No student captures the initial excitement of this time of year better than Ruxanda. Taking you along for her arrival and first day of school, the Moldovan's enthusiasm and determination to become a true ambassador are plain as day in her humorous and well-written piece.

If you like that one, you're sure to also enjoy Anahit's (Armenia) early reflections...and those of all the other students featured in the September issue to be honest.

Once you've had your share of student stories, be sure to also get the host parent perspective. As ever, you can find those in our On the Home Front section—the two we've got for you this month are particularly entertaining.

Thanks to all those who submitted such inspired pieces, and remember that is always collecting stories, anecdotes, photos, videos, and more!

—The PAX Press team


Early Days

Initial excitement, first impressions, and settlin' on in



Get Involved!

Sports, the arts, school activities, and learning through teamwork




On the Home Front

Insight directly from host families about growing with their new son or daughter and expanding the concept of family




The Adjustment Cycle

Student reflections on culture shock, homesickness, and fitting into their new family



Students of the Month

PAX's nominations to the U.S. Department of State




Exchange Living

Learning, growing, cultural differences, and all those fun facets of everyday exchange life