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ISE NEWS | March 5, 2014
Babylon, NY – March 5th, 2014 – International Student Exchange is accepting applications for interested families to host students for their high school exchange program. Students will be arriving in August 2014.
ISE is the leading not-for-profit sponsor and has been finding homes for international exchange students in the United States for over 30 years. They place students from over 40 countries for either semester or academic year programs.
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Red Cross Month: How You Can Help
The American Red Cross has been helping people in need since it was founded by Clara Barton in 1881. Known internationally for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, the American Red Cross has been a source of compassion, medical care, and CPR training for millions of soldiers and civilians since its inception. This year International Student Exchange has teamed up with the Red Cross to help them accomplish their mission. ISE students and families have already begun organizing and executing blood drives and gathering donations for Red Cross outposts across the country. Want to get involved? Well you're in luck, because March just so happens to be Red Cross month. Right now is a great time to get started. Most people know the Red Cross as an organization that runs blood drives, and it is true that blood collection is a large part of what they do. But did you know that the Red Cross also provides classes and training in lifesaving skills; provides food,water and supplies to disaster victims; and has offered support to the military since the 1800's? Internationally known for its efforts to help those in need, the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers to expand their network and fulfill the needs of more and more people. There are plenty of ways that parents and students can get involved: -Organize a donation drive at your school or church. Funds are needed to obtain supplies and personnel both at home and abroad. -Set up a blood drive. Gather a few of your community members or friends together to make this happen. Collection points can be at a school or any other community center willing to let the space be used. Red Cross personnel can make themselves available for your blood drive. -Help the Red Cross by volunteering at one of their outposts. Trucks get dirty, offices get cluttered, and organizing events is hard work. The Red Cross is always happy to accept help from local communities. -Take a lifesaving course, get certified, and share your newfound knowledge with your friends and family. Learning CPR and other lifesaving techniques are invaluable for you and those around you. One day you just might save a life. -Begin a social media campaign. Pressed for time or can't give blood? Why not use your Facebook and Twitter accounts to help out? These are just a few ideas, but there are many more on ISE's Project Help site, and at redcross.org. Assisting the Red Cross is an excellent way to complete service hours for your exchange program or gain community service experience. Check them out today and see how you can help.
How to Beat the Lulls: Keeping Busy in the Winter Months
The holidays are behind us and the Spring season has yet to begin. On top of that the constant bad weather has been making everyone miserable. An unexpected snow day can be a lot of fun, but with school cancelled and travel impossible cabin fever sets in pretty quickly. So what is to be done? How can you keep yourself busy during the next few weeks without driving your family nuts? 1) Start a project: Every student must complete at least five hours of community service, and it will take time to plan out a community service project. Take some time to plan instead of trying to find a project or group to join at the last minute. This will not only help you perform a better, more organized project, but it will make it more personal because you thought it up on your own. Planning ahead and exploring your options will also give you a wider variety of projects and more meaningful projects from which to choose. Try to think of what your community needs or something that would improve the quality of life for your neighbors, then put your creative mind to work. 2) Practice your English: Exams will be coming up in a few short months. If you are struggling with the language, there are several different ways you can improve your skills. One fairly simple option is to check a few English language novels out of the library and plow through them with your dictionary in hand. If you need some material that is a little more accessible, go to the young-adult section and find some classics. Many publishers release copies of books with simplified language for a younger audience. While they may not be geared to our age group, they will be easier for a non-native English speaker to understand. When you return home you can impress your friends and family by telling them you read Frankenstein, Moby Dick, or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 3) Find a community group to join: In almost every town in the U.S. there are shared interested groups such as Kiwanis, 4H, outdoor clubs, and sporting groups. Groups such as these are places for community members to gather and share in a common interest. Not only will you be able to make friends and meet new people, but very often there is a charitable aspect of such groups, which may help you develop an idea for your service project. 4) Start a blog or journal: Let's face it, your time here is short. Although it seems daunting in the beginning, five or ten months will whiz by. Before you know it the time will come to return home. Keeping a record of your time in the U.S. will help you remember how important it was to participate in the exchange program and remind you of all the adventures you had. If you are web savvy and have the ability to start a blog, your friends, family, and teachers can see what a great time you are having. Post lots of pictures and try to take in as much of your surroundings as possible to show people what it is like to live in your community. You may also inspire other students to do as you have done. The more we share our cultures with one another the closer we come to global understanding. 5) Make time to talk to your host family: People are busy. Sometimes our busy lives make it difficult to spend time together. Why not plan a family dinner, or a trip to the movies (weather permitting), or a game night, and bring everyone together for some quality time? If you take the initiative your family will appreciate the sentiment. Showing people that you want to spend time with them gives them a good feeling and makes them value the time they spend with you. 6) Relax: It is easy to get caught up in the "rat race", especially when you are a busy student. Always remember to take some time for yourself. Read, write, exercise, go for a walk, ride a bike, and just enjoy being alone for a little while. Reflecting is a powerful part of memory and concentration. Examining your own life and the choices you make will help you make good decisions in the future. Sometimes if we take a step back from our busy lives it is easier to appreciate all the people we know and the things we have done. Never underestimate the power of a little downtime. Keep in mind that there are only a few months left of the exchange program, and the last eight weeks will go by very fast. You will be studying for exams, trying to take in some time with friends, and rushing to get all your documentation together before leaving to head for home. You don't want to waste the time you have available now. Each day an opportunity to go out (or hunker down) and learn something new. Be safe and warm, everyone. ISE wishes you all a great weekend!
ISE NEWSLETTER | February 27, 2014
Next Month is Red Cross Month!
If your students haven’t done their Project HELP hours, next month there will be plenty of chances through the Red Cross. To find opportunities, direct them to our Project HELP Page: go to page
Remember, we also send students to other countries too!
If you checked out our new website, you might have noticed the enhanced “study abroad" section. It’s a great chance for a US student to see another country and learn about their culture. We have full year programs, half year programs and summer programs. Check out all the countries you can visit: Study Abroad