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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) aspecial 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 some of 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...

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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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