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Council for Educational Travel, USA

CETUSA is dedicated to the mission of "reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding." We support this mission through the implementation of exchange programs for high school students - both American and international - and trainee and internship programs for university students/young professionals. This blog space is meant to continue the conversation on the value of education through experience - more specifically the experience of study abroad. There will be guest blogs here as well as announcements of resources for students, parents and teachers to learn more about study abroad and the global perspective.

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CETUSA Student of the Week (4/11/16): Clara from Denmark

Posted in CETUSA News, and Student of the Week

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Clara has been an exemplary student maintaining straight A’s. She has been involved in school sports participating in tennis and soccer. She has made lots of lasting friendships and has traveled to North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula.

She has grown to love American Football. One of her favorite memories is sitting in the student section at the football games participating in school and team spirit.  She really enjoyed people dressing up as cows and hot dogs at the game.  She enjoyed cheering on their team to lead them to victory. The half time show with pom squad and the parade were also some of her favorite memories during the football season. She also enjoyed riding the yellow school bus. The school activities have been a new experience for her; in her home country they do not have sports, lockers, or a school cafeteria. Another thing that Clara enjoys is mac and cheese and eats it every chance she gets. It’s a food that she doesn’t have in her natural country but her host mother will keep it supplied for her.

Clara said she has the most amazing host family and is happy to have these memories of her time in America. She feels they are a perfect fit and she loves her two year old sister. She also has a close relationship with her host mom and feels she can share everything with her, and is close with her host cousin. They do everything together along with her friends. They go shopping, to movies, on road trips, laugh, tell stories, dine out, and have sleepovers.

Clara’s host mom also feels that she has been a perfect fit for their family. Her host mom thinks she is an amazing young lady, easy going, funny, helpful, and participates in every family activity. She is not afraid to try new experiences and has really embraced her year here. Her host mom feels like she has always been a part of their family and their home is her “home away from home.

CETUSA Students of the Week (4/4/16)

Posted in CETUSA News, Host Family, and Student of the Week

Mia and Clarissa Student of the Week 4-4-16

CETUSA has TWO students we are honoring with Student of the Week this week: Mia from Denmark and Clarissa from Brazil.

Mia and Clarissa are quite funny and talented.  They are great at making friends, participate in activities with family and other students, and show appreciation by cooking and cleaning.  They are true family and we love them dearly.

It was so amazing from the beginning how they were true sisters; sticking their feet in each other’s faces, finishing each other’s sentences, and supporting each other.  Strangers would even ask if they were twins!  They give us so much love and joy as well.  They are extremely appreciative, loving, thoughtful and respectful to our entire family.

Mia and Clarissa have been so loving, warm, and welcoming to all the many students that have come in and out of our home. We have had both boys and girls from several countries stay with us.  Cultures, personalities, English abilities, etc. did not matter, they welcomed and treated them all like family.

I am so proud of both of them.  They show the true meaning of acceptance and diversity – what this program is all about.  They also both made the honor roll with a 4.0 GPA for the first semester!  Congratulations Mia and Clarissa, we will love you always.

– CETUSA Host Parent

CETUSA Student of the Week (3/28/16): Julia from Luxembourg

Posted in CETUSA News, High School Program, and Student of the Week

Julia and her host brother on the first day of school in America!
Julia and her host brother on the first day of school in America!

“Being a host family is a fun and rewarding experience.  Not only do you get to learn about someone else’s culture and beliefs, but you learn a lot about yourself as well.  It’s been great for our young kids, watching how it opens their eyes to the big world around them while teaching them how similar we all really are no matter where we grew up.”  – Julia’s Host Family

“To experience a new culture has inspired my future life.  I also have found there is a lot of school spirit here.  Since I have to go to school after this year, I will bring the school spirit back to Luxembourg.” – Julia