November 20, 2023 – Tucson resident, Ron Schlagel, invites local families to
“Share Your America” with a high school exchange student from one of 70 European, South
American, Asian, or African countries during the upcoming school year. Sponsored by PAX –
Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), these students arrive to the U.S. in January.
PAX students are 15-18 years old, have studied English for at least three years, and are
motivated to learn more about the U.S. by attending high school and living with a host family.
PAX students are eager to experience American activities—backyard barbecues, birthday
celebrations, and holidays—with their host families. They are covered by comprehensive medical
insurance and have their own spending money for incidentals.
Volunteer host families provide PAX students with a bed, a quiet place to study, a seat at the
dining table, a warm and supportive home environment, and encouragement to engage in
everyday American life. With their exchange students, host families experience such activities
through fresh eyes while also learning about the exchange student’s country and culture. All
types of families—single parents, young couples, retirees, and parents with teenagers—are
welcome to host.
Founded in 1990, PAX is a not-for-profit educational organization and one of a select few U.S. Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program’s chosen to participate in its
prestigious U.S. government-sponsored FLEX and YES programs. Each year, more than 1,100
teenagers visit the U.S. as PAX exchange students.
For more information, call Ron Schlagel at
520-904-3169 or visit www.pax.org
-This Is Marana Collaborative