Category Archives: Study Abroad Stories

Barb – Germany Exchange Student – Summer Program Alumna – YFU Field Director

40 Years Later – My YFU Story June 17, 2010 It was 40 years ago, but it seems like yesterday when I stepped on that plane on June 17, 1970. I was bound to Germany to spend the summer as … Continue reading

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Jesse – Japan Exchange Student – Summer Program Alumnus

An eight-week exchange program in Fukuoka, Japan was the realization of Jesse’s childhood dream. After a warm welcome from his host family, he began learning how to be part of a culture with unfamiliar customs, foods, and a new language! … Continue reading

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Danielle – Australia Exchange Student – Summer Program Alumnus

In six weeks, Danielle would experience all Australia has to offer, including its people, culture, landscapes, history, and wildlife, but most importantly, her host family. Most importantly, 16-year-old Danielle learned a lot about herself. Here is what Danielle wrote about … Continue reading

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Eric – Japan Exchange Student – Summer Program Alumnus

After a journey across the Pacific, Eric quickly discovered the differences between Japanese and American cultures.  He quickly realized that the key to success there was to be “open to everything and constantly flexible.” Here is what Eric wrote about … Continue reading

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Chris – Finland Exchange Student – Summer Program Alumnus

Ready for a challenge, Chris traveled to Finland on exchange and learned one of the world’s most difficult languages, made new friends and experienced teenage life in a nation known for being shy and “silent in more than three languages.” … Continue reading

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Gretchen – German Exchange Student – Year Program Alumna

In 1959, newly-graduated Gretchen Holstein (17) of Manchester, Michigan boarded a sixteen-hour Flying Tiger Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam. The plane was packed with lively, eager YFU teenagers from across Michigan on their way to an exciting summer program in Europe. … Continue reading

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Andrew – Germany Exchange Student – Year Program Alumnus

As 2009 came to a close, Andrew Towne donned his tuxedo and welcomed hundreds of guests to the opulent Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington, DC. A crowd of nearly 400 turned out for the New Year’s Gala which benefited … Continue reading

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