• Student exchange programs

    Interested in hosting an exchange student?

    The district believes that many benefits accompany participation in student exchange programs, both for individuals participating and for the schools they attend. In any year, we host young men and women from many lands and have some of our own students experiencing life abroad. While the district does not directly sponsor these exchanges, we cooperate with recognized organizations which arrange such exchanges.

    If you are contemplating an outbound exchange, consult with your school counselor and administration early. Our graduation requirements are determined by state and school board policies and must be met before a returning student can obtain a diploma. Specific arrangements must be made for how coursework completed abroad will satisfy graduation requirements if the student is to stay on track to graduate with their class.  All of these plans should be in writing and signed off by the student, parent and school officials.

    Community coordinators

    For specific information on student exchange programs, you may wish to contact the following community coordinators:

     

     
  • AFS Intercultural Programs

    AFS USA, afsusa.org

    AFS has been a leader in international education for 70 years. We are a nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization offering exchanges for students, young adults and teachers in over 50 countries around the world.

    Sara Huff, AFS Alaska Team Development Specialist, Contact for School Presentations
    Anchorage, AK 99502
    Email: shuff@afsusa.org
    Work Phone: 907-360-9659 

    Chair for the State of Alaska
    E-mail: alaska@afsusa.org
    Mobile Phone: 907-205-1029

    Judy Kuipers, Contact if you would like to host a Foreign Exchange Student
    E-mail: jmkuipers@yahoo.com
    Home Phone: 907-222-1815

    Penny Brunsvold,  Contact if you would like to study abroad with AFS
    E-mail: bruceandpenny@gci.net 
    Mobile Phone: 907-244-7711

     

    Aspect Foundation

    Aspect website

    Aspect Foundation is a non-profit organization providing affordable study-abroad opportunities to students from more than 50 countries. For the past 35 years, Aspect Foundation has offered inbound and outbound single-semester and full-year exchanges.

    Regional Manager
    Jinjer Kunde
    888-288-3221 

     

    ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

    ASSE website

    One of the oldest and largest international student exchange organizations.

    Linne' Weinberger
    area representative
    907-229-4023

    Cindy Schmidt
    Coordinator for Washington and Alaska
    360-274-4669
    Fax 800-896-2040

     

    Ayusa

    Ayusa website

    Ayusa is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing cultural exchange experiences to students and families.

    Jennifer Cox
    Community Representative - Anchorage
    907-715-2517

    Tina Schmitt  
    Community Representative
    907-315-4763

     

    Council for Educational Travel, USA

    CETA website

    CETUSA’s programs have allowed young people from many different cultural backgrounds to meet, exchange ideas and establish international friendships. At CETUSA we believe that mutual understanding and appreciation is best achieved through daily and personal contact.

    Marvin Pease
    Regional Director
    marvin@cetusa.org
    616-365-9940 Ext 107

     

    Council on International Educational Exchange

    CIEE website
    CIEE has been working with both inbound and outbound student exchange for over 60 years. We have scholarships available, and follow all regulations.

    Miranda Nielsen
    Regional Director
    207-553-4259

    Carolyn Townsend
    Local Coordinator
    907-688-5593

  • Education Travel & Culture

    Education Travel & Culture (ETC) is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] educational exchange organization. Its purpose is to promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad. ETC provides inbound program opportunities for high school students throughout the world to study in an American high school and live with an American family. Host families provide room and board, a quiet place to study, and an American family experience for guest students during their semester or academic year in the United States.
    www.edutrav.org

    Local Coordinator: Becky Peterson
    Cell: 936-442-8790
    beckypeterson11@gmail.com

    Regional Manager: Sarah Candelaria 
    Cell: 505-573-0705
    scandelaria@edutrav.org

  • Cultural Homestay International

    CHI website

    Nonprofit dedicated to international understanding and friendship by working with teenagers and host families. Education, culture and language experiences and opportunities for our students and your family.

    Jenni M. Fouts
    Alaska - Area Administrator
    800-861-5523 or 360-701-2233

     

    Greenheart Exchange

    www.hostwithgreenheart.org 

    Greenheart Exchange has been working with exchange students since 1985 as a non-profit organization (formerly known as CCI).

    We have hosting opportunities for academic year program high school students from 60+ countries around the world.

    We also offer hosting opportunities for short term summer students from around the world.

    We have college age programs for students to work for employers in Alaska.

    Our Travel Abroad department has many opportunities around the world for American teens and adults.

     

    Regional Director for Alaska, Lori Tibbett at ltibbett@greenheart.org, or 877-325-0006

    Local Coordinator Kim Iozzo, at whatahooot@gmail.com or 907-632-3547

     

    International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)

    www.icesusa.org

    ICES is a nonprofit organization committed to educational study abroad programs. For twenty five years ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world.

    Regional Director

    hampton.ices@gmail.com

    503.724.2308

     

    International Experience, USA

    International Experience, USA website
    Larissa Villar
    Local Coordinator, Anchorage
    907-229-1524

     

    ISE (International Student Exchange)

    www.iseusa.com

    A non-profit organization bringing people of the world closer through educational exchange and intercultural education. Offers both outbound and inbound programs for students age 15 to 18.

    Regional Advisor
    Joy Snodgrass
    Cell: (360) 790 5086
    Fax: (360) 282 0063

     

    NorthWest Student Exchange

    NorthWest Student Exchange website

    NWSE is a nonprofit, Dept. of State-designated student exchange organization listed with CSIET.

    Celine Waldmann
    International Program Coordinator
    4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste 214
    Seattle, Washington 98105
    Tel. 206-957-2070
    Fax. 206-527-0338 or 800-717-9117

     

    NW Services PEACE program

    NW Services website

    A nonprofit educational organization offering both inbound and outbound homestay programs for students 15 - 18 years of age.

    Teresa Knapp
    National Manager
    866-846-3977

    Jayme Ellerbe
    State Manager
    907-336-3611

     

    OCEAN

    OCEAN (Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations) is a non-profit organization founded in 1994, which sponsors international exchange students, ages 14-18, and places them in host families and high schools throughout the U.S. for a semester or academic year.  The purpose of our program is to promote international understanding, cultural awareness and academic excellence.  OCEAN has been designated by the U.S. Department of State, as well as approved for listing with CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel). We have been placing exchange students in Alaska for many years and students and host families always had a wonderful experience. If you are interested in the opportunity to be a host family or wish to work with our organization, please contact us and we will direct your information to our local representative:

    Laura Stahl - Program Director
    Nayara DeSousa - Regional Director
    info@ocean-intl.org 
    1-888-996-2326 ext4 or 5

     

    Program of Academic Exchange

    PAX website

    Offers both inbound and outbound high school/homestay programs.

    Lena Adely
    Regional Director
    800-555-6211 ext. 304

    Marsha Spencer- Morgan
    Local Community Coordinator- Anchorage
    907-350-5390

  • Rotary Youth Exchange

    Jessica Carr

    Rotary District 5010 Youth Exchange
    Anchorage Area Coordinator
    200 W. 34th Ave.
    Box 393
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    907-350-5480

     

    States' 4-H International Exchange Programs

    www.states4hexchange.org

    The Alaska 4-H International Exchange Program has been placing students across the state for other 35 years. We currently have 22 summer cultural program delegates placed throughout Alaska, and 6 Academic Year Program (AYP) students committed to homes in Palmer, Eagle River, Sterling/Soldotna , Kenai, and Nikiski.

    Jason Floyd, President
    FLOYD.ultd, LLC
    States' 4-H International Exchange Programs, Alaska Volunteer
    907-831-6003
    floyd.ultd@outlook.com

     

    STS Foundation

    STS Foundation website

    A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to intercultural student exchange. Currently promoting an inbound program for students ranging from 15-18.5 years of age. Students come from over 50 countries for either an academic year or one semester. We are listed with CSIET and inpositive standing with the Department of State.

    Contact information:
    Michele Stapley-Regional Director
    E-mail: irishstapley@gmail.com
    907-748-1054

    Anna Kohler- Senior LC
    E-mail: anna.kohler27@gmail.com
    907-602-2790

     

    The Laurasian Institution

    The Laurasian Institution website

    A non-governmental nonprofit organization offering a variety of international and cross-cultural education programs.

    Jacob Rawson
    Regional Director
    12345 Lake City Way NE, #151
    Seattle, WA 98125
    206-367-2152

     

    World Heritage

    World Heritage website

    A public benefit organization dedicated to fostering cultural enrichment and intercultural understanding through youth exchange programs. World Heritage is officially designated as an "exchange visitors" program by the United States Department of State and adheres to all its regulations.

    Candace Easley
    Local Representative
    907-315-4596 or 949-342-1777

    Dawn Davis
    Regional Coordinator
    800-888-9040

     

    Young Life Amicus International 

    Young Life Amicus International
    A non-profit, academic and cultural exchange program of Young Life, an international Christian organization that serves as an outreach to teens around the world.  

    Terri Riehl 
    Director
    503-528-6561

    Lisa Pooler
    Divisional Leader
    509-961-4581

     

    Youth for Understanding

    YFU website

    A nonprofit educational organization which offers opportunities for young people around the world to spend a summer, semester or year with a host family in another culture. Scholarships are available for American students to study abroad.

    800-TEENAGE