Your Story, Your Way! | Cultural Exchange Storytelling Contest


STS Foundation Exchange Students, Host Families and Local Coordinators share their high school exchange story with us

View the winning stories!

Giula - Exchange Student from Italy

Staci - Host Mom from Nebraska

Karley - Local Coordinator in Kansas

The Reason I Became a Local Coordinator – A Short Story

Toward the end of 2020, I was looking for a different path in my career. I was looking for something new, something I hadn’t done before.

When I saw the listing, I wondered what it meant to be a Local Coordinator. I imagined it would be fun, though difficult and daunting. Though I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, I took the leap, and I’m glad I did.

Three years later, I’ve gotten to connect with wonderful host families and wonderful exchange students. I’ve had the privilege of learning so much from my students about where they are from in addition to learning from my peers and my Regional Director.

The connections with others has been the most meaningful throughout this journey. Being a Local Coordinator is such a fun process. Talking to people about other countries and giving students the opportunity to learn about America is heart warming. I’ve enjoyed hearing about the history others have had with hosting over the years.

My favorite experience has been getting to see my students participate in their favorite sports. Currently one of my students excels at Soccer, and the other at Wrestling. They are both wonderful kids and I’m going to be sad to see them have to go home at the end of the school year!

Contest Rules


This contest is open to all Exchange Students*, Host Families, and Local Coordinators** currently involved with the STS Foundation high school exchange program for the 2022-23 academic year.


STS Foundation will review all stories submitted and choose a winning story from an Exchange Student, Host Family, and Local Coordinator.


Submit your exchange story in the format of your choice using the submission link on this page. Please make sure to include your full name when submitting your story. If submitting a written story, please include at least one photo.


The Exchange Student, Host Family, and Local Coordinator with the winning stories will receive a $50 visa gift card.

Submission deadline: February 28, 2023, at 11.59 PM Pacific Time.

*As the stories submitted will be shared online, only STS Foundation Exchange Students who have provided their and their natural parents' consent to have photos and videos shared on social media can participate.
**Local Coordinator must be supervising a student for the 2022-23 academic year.