Skip to content

Foreign Exchange Program

February 18, 2009

If you are not aware, I am now working for the company Aspect Foundation. Aspect is a non-profit organization that looks to place students from around the world in good American homes. My job is to find the families that are willing to take a student in for a year of school. 

So far I am feeling overwhelmed with the idea of approaching people and asking, “hey do you want a foreign exchange student for a year?” But… the more I think about it, what a cool experience, have a kid from a completely different culture come and become a part of your family. 

Liz and I are considering taking a student in this year. What about you? So, I know that there are a few youth pastors that read this blog, which I am thinking can be an amazing resource for me. If you or anyone you know may be interested in taking in an exchange student, then let me know. I would be more than happy to fill you in on more details.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2009 7:23 pm

    I think the idea is cool, but I am a little concerned about inviting someone into my home. Is there a check done on the students. I would also be concerned for the students is there a check done on the hosters? Also does the host family cover all the students expenses? Just thoughts.

  2. February 18, 2009 7:28 pm

    I didn’t do foreign exchange with a family, but I could sing praises for days about my experience in another country. It makes you very aware of the world around you.

  3. joshbarton21 permalink*
    February 18, 2009 9:02 pm

    FS – yeah there are checks done on everyone. The Host families have to have referalls done, and they all go through background checks. The families that host are only responsible financially for providing a bed (in a room by themselves or a person close in age of the same sex), and breakfast and dinner. The students have to pay for everything else.
    Also, these kids have to have good grades and they take tests to determine their level of understanding and speaking English.
    You are really dealing with some bright students. Aspect is very careful about who they work with as far as students that come over.

    I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of this.
    Know anyone?

  4. February 19, 2009 2:34 am

    does anyone want a Canadian 4 year old who is super active and cute? He is potty trained and everything. He also comes with an extensive collection of Disney and Pixar movies. He loves Larry boy and is easy to get a long with. Just be sure to feed him eggs in the morning or he will be hungry all day.

    Actually…I think we will keep him. Good luck Josh!

  5. joshbarton21 permalink*
    February 19, 2009 4:05 pm

    He is only 1/2 Canadian. That doesn’t count.

  6. February 19, 2009 6:45 pm


  7. Alex Gore permalink
    February 21, 2009 10:16 pm

    Dude, that is such an awesome job! We have an exchange student (we now consider her part of the family) from France staying with us this year. A couple of years ago we had two girls from Bangladesh and Turkmenistan stay with us. It’s such a uniquely amazing experience. Probably can’t help you out right now, but if you’re still doing this next year…

  8. Lacie permalink
    April 18, 2009 1:22 am

    I just joined the Aspect Foundation. My aunt has been doing this for several years now and has hosted over 15 students from all over. I think this is a great way for children on both sides to learn more about culture and the history of the world. I think this is a great thing going on here! I have yet to host a student for I am new to this. I am only 25 and have young children of my own and I hope I can experience this gift soon.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: