Being An Exchange Student Changed My Perspective On The World

When young people say “Yes!” to the exchange experience, they’re saying “Yes!” to learning a new way of life, and that can be both exciting and scary. Vuk, a Future Leaders Exchange scholarship student from Serbia, took the leap and found he had a lot to learn about the world around him. He talks about how his year in the USA changed his perspective on the world.


“It was late September in Serbia when I received an email about the opportunity of becoming an exchange student. I was hesitant at first, unsure of what to expect, and fearful of leaving behind everything I knew. However, I decided to take a chance, and it turned out to be the best decision of my life. The true beauty of my exchange experience was in the people I met. I was placed with an amazing family who welcomed me with open arms, who made me feel at home despite all the cultural differences between us. Every day was a new adventure, and I quickly learned that my fears and preconceptions had been completely unfounded.

In school, I joined many teams and clubs, from swimming to soccer to chess. I met so many amazing people who were interested in me and my background, and I quickly made friends. Every day, I walked down the hallways and was greeted by almost every student, something that I never could have imagined before I arrived.

Through this experience, I learned that being creative and having fun are essential for making the most of any situation. Whether it is trying new activities, exploring the outdoors, or simply spending time with new friends, I realized that embracing the unknown can lead to some of the most rewarding experiences.


To future participants in the exchange program, I would encourage you to take that chance and step out of your comfort zone. You may be surprised by how much you learn about yourself and the world around you. To my host family, teachers, friends, and my Local Coordinator, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for making this experience unforgettable. Thank you for showing me that being creative and having fun can truly change a life.”

Become a cultural ambassador for your hometown and the USA today, and you’ll find you have the ability to shape a young person’s worldview! Join the 30,000+ American families who say “Yes!” to welcoming a young person into their home each year, and share your culture while learning about theirs.

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