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Advice From Our 2023-2024 Exchange Students

Advice From Our 2023-2024 Exchange Students

As they finished up their exchange year, we asked our students to share a bit about their experience. Our biggest question was, what advice would you give a student considering coming to the US as an exchange student? Here are some of their responses…

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Hosting in this Economy

Hosting in this Economy

Let’s face it—most Americans have had a tough couple of years financially. The cost of groceries and interest rates are high, and the thought of hosting can be more scary than ever!

But fear not; we assure you you can host an exchange student without breaking the bank!

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BFF Basketball Game

BFF Basketball Game

BFF Basketball Game Students from North Carolina came together to participate in a basketball game at the GlenAire retirement community in Cary, NC. The students, families, and BFF team had a wonderful evening, providing a fun send-off for the...

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CBS17 Exchange Student Interview

CBS17 Exchange Student Interview

Salma Mekki, from France, and Rebeka Mayerová, from Czech Republic, are currently exchange students in Raleigh. After moving into their host family’s home in August, the two became close friends and consider each other family.
“When we introduce each other, we don’t even say host sisters. We just say sisters at this point,” said Mayerová.

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Making a difference one blessing box at a time

Making a difference one blessing box at a time

Lisa B., her students, husband, and father, all came together and dedicated several months to the establishment of a Free Library and Blessing Box. Their collective effort involved building the boxes and gathering books and non-perishable items to fill them.

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Civic Education Workshop Experience: Muskan F.

Civic Education Workshop Experience: Muskan F.

American Councils provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our YES and FLEX students, inviting them to apply to Civic Education Week (CEW). This week-long program allows scholarship students to further immerse themselves in U.S. society and...

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The Host Family Bond Beyond the Exchange

The Host Family Bond Beyond the Exchange

“I’ll just say that with my first kid I hosted, I thought the student would arrive for ten months, we would show them America, then they would go back home, and that would be that. The experience would end with “It was nice hosting you.” I didn’t expect they would truly become my family.”

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An Exchange Student Adventure, Thank You Amy J.

An Exchange Student Adventure, Thank You Amy J.

Amy J., a dedicated community advisor in North Carolina, is committed to creating unforgettable experiences for her students. Her recent excursion with her BFF group to Oak Island, NC, was a perfect example of her passion for providing enriching experiences and new opportunities.

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Student Story: Muskan (Pakistan)

Student Story: Muskan (Pakistan)

During her exchange year, Muskan, a Pakistani YES scholar, lived in Denver, CO, with the Alloush-Daigherty family. Alongside her host sister, Monica, they have excelled as students and cultural ambassadors. Muskan shared her experience as an...

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Student of the Month: Klara, March 2024

Student of the Month: Klara, March 2024

Name: Klara Country: Poland Hosted By: Ogden Family Klara is an excellent student and athlete. She is independent and helpful. She has adjusted well and loves the United States. Klara always communicates well with her CA, which is an essential...

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Alum Story: Awais A.

Alum Story: Awais A.

Awais from Pakistan, became a part of the McKenna family when he joined BFF in 2018 and was placed in Fuquay Varina, NC. Throughout his exchange year, Awais was a committed student and a cultural ambassador, and he fully embraced the experience. The alum network that is created through the exchange programs is remarkable!

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Alum Story: Teodora D

Alum Story: Teodora D

Teodora became a part of Borderless Friends Forever in 2019 as a FLEX scholar from Montenegro. She resided with the Silva-Zanchetta family in North Carolina during her exchange year. Borderless Friends Forever is always excited to hear about the meaningful work our former exchange students do after their program experience. Teodora is genuinely making an impact!

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Student Story: Kosma (Poland)

Student Story: Kosma (Poland)

The exchange experience is different for every student. Kosma came to our program from Poalnd and has found a way to immerse himself in a unique and particular interest: crime and investigation!

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Student Interview: Alba (Spain)

Student Interview: Alba (Spain)

Alba is a Spanish girl from Mallorca joined the Lako family in New Mexico for the 2023-2024 school year. She participated in a BFF interview, sharing her experience as an exchange student. 

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Student Interview: Gor (Armenia)

Student Interview: Gor (Armenia)

What made you want to become an exchange student? 

“I wanted to be an exchange student because I love traveling and experiencing new cultures. I also wanted to challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and learn more about the world beyond my own country. Plus, I saw it as an amazing opportunity to meet new people and make lifelong friends from different backgrounds. I believed that being an exchange student would allow me to gain a fresh perspective on my studies and life in general, and help me develop skills that I would use after.”

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International Education Week 2023 Contest Winners

IEW is an opportunity for exchange students to share their cultures within their host community, and we are happy to share the 2023 IEW contest winners! We want to thank all of our participants. As always, it is a difficult decision, and we are so...

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Student Spotlight: Krystian (Poland)

Student Spotlight: Krystian (Poland)

We want to give Krystian (Poland) a special shout-out for his outstanding accomplishments on the soccer field this season in North Carolina. He has been ranked within his conference and regionally!He has enjoyed playing his beloved sport in a new...

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BFF Gives Back: Dzenisa (Bosnia)

BFF Gives Back: Dzenisa (Bosnia)

Our exchange students know how important it is to give back to their host communities. Dzenisa from Bosnia recently participated in Elf Louise's mission of helping Santa and delivering gifts during the holiday season. The Elf Louise Christmas...

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Community Advisor Story: Jessica Efird

Community Advisor Story: Jessica Efird

Since I began working with BFF in 2018, I've been the Community Advisor for students from 23 countries across four continents. It's expanded my worldview so much more than I could have anticipated. From learning about cultural norms to school...

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Lisa Blauser: Growing Her Family One Student At A Time

Lisa Blauser: Growing Her Family One Student At A Time

But while being a Community Advisor is technically a job, I get so much out of it.  The students I work with have become my extended family.  I tell everyone I am their “Aunt” because of the close relationship I develop with the students. I now have new friends worldwide and it is such a delight to wake up on Christmas morning to messages waiting for me from my former students, getting calls telling me they were accepted to the University they hoped to attend, and being tagged in Facebook posts of “meme’s” for inside jokes we share…

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Community Advisor Story: Amy Wilch

Community Advisor Story: Amy Wilch

I love teenagers! Being a Community Advisor combines my favorite things: teens, travel, and cultures. I get to be a part of our students’ dream to live an American life, learn all about their country & culture, and help them navigate the school...

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Community Advisor Story: Paula Marie

Working for a nonprofit is filled with a mission to be of good service. Here at BFF I work with great people, that I feel connected to. Non-profits are incredibly motivating  when everyone is working toward the same goal for our students. Providing...

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Crystal Allis: BFF Executive Testimonial

I founded the Borderless Friends Forever Foundation (BFF) because of my passion for international education, a passion born on a whim. In August of 2006, my life changed forever when my family and I decided to host Karolin from Germany. Little did...

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Community Advisor Story: Amy Jones

Community Advisor Story: Amy Jones

I love meeting students from all over the world and learning about their different cultures, while at the same time showing them how so many experiences are universal. I also enjoy sharing my experience as a host parent and former teacher to help...

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Community Advisor Story: Julie Doll

Community Advisor Story: Julie Doll

"I believe everyone in the world is valuable. Each person has unique gifts to share. An exchange is the best way to give and receive those gifts. Students and host families benefit from the exchange experience with BFF. My favorite thing is to hear...

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How Susanne Became a Host Mother

How Susanne Became a Host Mother

Susanne had always been intrigued by the prospect of hosting an exchange student but was hesitant about how it would fit into her family's life. She had multiple conversations with a friend of hers who was working at the Borderless Friends Forever...

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A Jordanians Experience in North Carolina

A Jordanians Experience in North Carolina

Ali became a BFF as a YES scholar in 2018. He moved from Amman, Jordan, to Holly Springs, North Carolina, and joined the Allis family. When Ali saw that BFF was representing Jordan as the country of the month, Ali was eager to share his experience…

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Student of the Month: Muskan, November 2023

Student of the Month: Muskan, November 2023

Our Student of the Month is Muskan, a student staying with the Alloush-Daugherty family in Denver, Colorado. She has recently completed 35 hours of volunteer work at various school events, festivals, and community events in the Denver area…

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Mishal’s Student Story

I loved my time in the US and BFF made my time there more enjoyable and helped me to get comfortable in this foreign country. They were with me every step of the way, providing guidance, support and of course finding an amazing host family for me.

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