Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 150 – Exchange Your Time

Our exchange student, Marisa, flies back to her native Albania tomorrow. She’s been with us since August. I’ve been working on a gift for her for a few days, and finished it up tonight. 

PAX Academic Exchange logoLast summer, we decided to host an exchange student. We went through a program called PAX, which is ultimately housed in the United States Department of State. It’s a highly competitive and rigorous, and well-managed scholarship program

We did not take this decision lightly, and in the end we decided that we would give it a try. To say we were rewarded by that decision is an understatement. Tomorrow, I’ll talk more about Marisa, but for now, I’ll just say that hosting an exchange student can be a rewarding, enlightening and educational experience for everyone. It also builds bridges in a world that has many ravines to cross. Our children, Marisa, and my wife and I have all been rewarded many times over.

There are all kinds of exchange programs – short term, long term, country-specific, region specific, etc. Check around, there’s a program that fits your needs. The only thing you really need is a willingness to be open-minded, patient, and prepared to have an amazing experience.

Yet another way to give your time. Host an exchange student and build a connection with someone across the world. It may even last a lifetime.


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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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