Read our Q&A with Dawn Brasch, a Program Advisor that works with our exchange students in the United States.
Congratulations, Dawn! You have recently taken on a Program Advisor role at EF High School Exchange Year. Can you tell us more about it?
I am very excited to start this new adventure with EF. I am excited to be working with different states besides Arizona, where I currently live. Also to be working more closely with the foreign office staff and, most importantly, still working with the kids.
Having hosted quite a few students yourself, how do you think our program has impacted your family?
We have picked and hosted 14 students of our own. Our family would not be the same if we hadn’t hosted. All of the kids including the ones we have supervised have enriched and changed our lives for the better. Hosting and being involved in a major part in their life is more rewarding than we could have ever thought.
What motivated you to be involved with EF in the first place?
I originally wanted to do foster care and Eric (my husband) said no, but I asked him about exchange students he said yes. I have always loved being around kids. I love helping anyone that I can. If I can make an impact in their life, I know they are impacting ours.
In your opinion, what are the most important things our students learn during their exchange in the US?
I think students and host families learn how to accept everyone for who they are and that "It’s not right, it’s not wrong but just DIFFERENT."
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to families who want to host an exchange student?
One hundred percent jump and just try something new along with the kids. Always communicate!
A favorite place or city: Sweden
A guilty pleasure: silly reality TV
A language you’d like to learn: working on Swedish
A life quote: "Everyone LOVE Everyone"
A superpower you’d love to have: Teleport
Interested in hosting an EF exchange student? Learn more here.