I went to high school with a foreign exchange student named Takaaki Sugiyama (pictured) from Japan. He did everything funny. We loved him and we're still Facebook friends. I think almost everyone has a story about a foreign exchange student. They enrich everyone's life and the experience makes a huge difference to the kid. 

We have a coworker, Pete, whose mom loves hosting exchange students. He's always telling hilarious stories about the great conversations he has with them.

So consider signing up to host a kid! Non-profit group International Student Exchange has more than 40 students waiting for a family to come here for the 2014/2015 school year. They are between 15 and 18 years old and are from 20 different countries. Call 509-585-1422 for more information.