YES Student of the Month: November 2022
Exchange student from Ghana with American host sister at cross country meet

Ghanaian positive role model in Vermont

PAX - Program of Academic Exchange is honored to nominate Elizabeth, a YES exchange student from Ghana, and Dorset, Vermont, as the YES November Student of the Month!

It takes extraordinary courage to pursue a life completely different from what one always knew. It takes choosing change and the character to make that choice. That is precisely what Elizabeth did when she embarked on her journey.

Elizabeth wasted no time getting involved upon her arrival and has had nothing but a positive impact on her host family. She engages with everyone, and her positive attitude is appreciated daily. She helps with chores without issue. She has cooked Ghanaian meals for her host family and brought her host sisters in on the process to show them how to cook. She has volunteered her time with her host brother to help a neighbor. She will try any activity with her family, such as kayaking, even though she cannot swim.

Elizabeth bravely tries all kinds of new foods: hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeses, and mushrooms, to name a few, and she has done an incredible job adapting to her new home and culture. Not only that, but she does it all with a positive attitude. Her host mother says, “Our family appreciates Liz’s gentleness and overall selflessness. She is always ready to help around the house or hang out with her host siblings. She carries herself in a way that models kindness and selflessness to her younger host siblings.”

She carries herself in a way that models kindness and selflessness to her younger host siblings.

Elizabeth has already made a positive impact at her school. Even though running (or being a member of a team sport) was not something she had done before, Liz joined the cross country team at her school and is more than holding her own.

Elizabeth has completed 32 volunteer hours, most of which were done before school began. She helped distribute food at the local food pantry and has volunteered at the local theater as an usher to assist patrons. In addition, she has volunteered at two local libraries, both reshelving books and being a camerawoman for a public presentation. Shortly after school started, she put together a presentation of Ghanaian cultural dance, which she presented to her advisory at school.

Elizabeth has embraced being an exchange student and a representative of Ghana, the YES program, and PAX. For this reason, PAX is delighted to nominate Elizabeth as the YES November Student of the Month!  

—The PAX Sponsored Team