Local Coordinator Testimonials
“Parents send us children and we watch them grow and mature, sending them home as young adults that are responsible, and with a new way of looking at life. We’re making a difference that will change kids lives forever – they’ll never be the same.”
Reunions in Germany
The fortune in my fortune cookie last night read “A different world cannot be built by indifferent people”. My first thought was how proud I am to work for CIEE and the people associated with it (staff and Local Coordinators); an organization with folks who believe in bridging the gap between people in different cultures and are doing something about it. Our mission truly is world peace. It is hard work and we do it one student and family at a time, but I see the results quite often. I have the privilege of meeting families and foreign students who have their own beliefs and sometimes preconceived notions about other people, cultures, or religions; and then watching as they learn about each other throughout a school year. They consider the differences and, the vast majority of the time, accept these and positively adjust their views in the name of a good relationship.
The Gift that Giving Brings
The spring of 2008 my daughter and I met a Local Coordinator from CIEE. We listened intently to the amazing relationships she had built with international high schools students traveling to America to learn about our culture and share theirs. CIEE youth typically are very dedicated students and have had years of English training, but want to master English, which will help them in future careers.
Speech of Appreciation - YES Student
There are three elements that make an exchange experience successful: the student, the host family, and the Local Coordinator. The Local Coordinators have one of the most important roles in this process.
Each and every one of you has a crucial role in making those life-changing experiences a success, and therefore working toward the ultimate goal of making this a more tolerant world and a better place to live in. Your efforts made this year possible for me. From planning the overall strategies and attending never-ending conferences to supporting students and families and solving their problems, to lobbying in different departments of education and schools to enroll students and to training Local Coordinator who find families, by driving that extra-mile and making that extra-phone call. All of you have sacrificed countless family and leisure time to find us host families, to solve our problems, and to make this year memorable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Imane, Morocco, Yes Participant
CIEE Local Coordinator featured in 30-minute news broadcast!
Inside Texoma: Archer Exchange Students
Watch the touching story of CIEE Local Coordinator Sonja Gray, being interviewed by the host of Inside Texoma about her role and exchange experience with CIEE alongside one of her host families and her students!