Growing as an IEC

Learning calendar

Apr 15

Real talk about making quality matches

Experts in exchange

Ever thought about how those small choices you make when matching a student and host family can have a big impact throughout the year? A great match between family and student influences not only their exchange experience as a family, but also your experience as an IEC with program support throughout the year. For this session, join three Program Advisors turned RPMs, including former host mom/IEC/RC Dawn Brasch for the real talk on making quality matches.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:00pm ET

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Apr 18

New IEC Orientation

Welcome to your exchange adventure!

New IEC Orientation will give you an overview of our program to jumpstart yourself as an IEC in your community. If you have activated as an IEC recently, or have never attended an IEC Orientation, this is for you.

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 4:00 – 8:00pm ET

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Apr 20

Hosting in a new era

Building global families

For many, there is both excitement and hesitancy in participating in exchange as we continue to navigate our new “normal”. In this session, you'll hear from current IECs about their experience hosting or supervising families and students during this "new era." Come to learn, listen, and connect with IECs around the nation so that you feel even more prepared for the year ahead.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8:00pm ET

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Apr 24

King’s Day and the Netherlands

Culture connection

It’s almost time for one of the biggest holidays of the year in the Netherlands...King’s Day! Join this session and hear from our Dutch friends about their big national day, plus learn more about their culture and everyday life. You’ll also gain more insight about hosting and supporting students from the Netherlands.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

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Apr 25

Guided movement and meditation

Skills and self care

This class will be led by Program Advisor, Taylor Shorten, who received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate from South Boston Yoga. Her classes use a well-rounded vinyasa flow to achieve an outlet for stress while conditioning the physical body. Accessible for all levels, Taylor’s goal is for every student to walk away confident and with a reinvigorated spirit.

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 12:00pm ET

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Apr 27

Golden Week and Japan

Culture connection

Spring is one of the best times of the year in Japan especially with the sakura blooming and four holiday celebrations during Golden Week. Join our friends from across the Pacific to learn about their spring celebrations and life in Japan!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:00pm ET

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