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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Academic Exchange

Mission: To promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 foreign exchange students experience American culture

Geographic areas served: Across the United States

Programs: International student exchange

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Brenda99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Education, Travel & Culture strives to create positive lifelong relationships for everyone involved!

Jennifer B.29

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been blessed to host 10 students in our home through ETC. ETC leads the industry in trained professional staff and coordinators who are there every step of the way during a hosting year. We now have children all over the world and have even been lucky enough to go and visit some of them and meet their families. We can't wait to welcome our next student into our home and we do so without any reservation as ETC is the BEST organization that offers training, support and fun along the journey to their students, host families and staff.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've found the joy of hosting exchange students through ETC! I have found a passion for helping these students and become a Local Coordinator to spread the joy of hosting exchange students with others in my community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a local coordinator with ETC for 10 months now and the satisfaction I get from knowing that I'm making a difference is a understatement. I've always had a passion for children and helping them succeed, whether it was volunteering with the Special Olympics or volunteering in my church's children's department. ETC has been the perfect organization that allows me to continue doing what I love, helping children succeed. ETC provided me with all the training, support and made sure I was a valuable part of the team. ETC has exceed my expectations and I'm proud to say I'm a member of the ETC family! I look forward to many years to come!

1 Stephanie Cleaveland E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family welcomed our first exchange student 5 years ago, and had such an amazing experience, that we have continued to host an exchange student (or 2) each year. We have international family in Norway, Germany, Thailand, Italy, Spain and South Korea. Not only have we been able to share our amazing country with our students, but we have been able to learn about and visit their home countries as well! The support of ETC's amazing Local Coordinators and Management has been wonderful, and they are always there if we need support. In addition, our Field Managers and Local Coordinators plan and organize great student events, and create a wonderful host family/student community. If you are considering hosting an exchange student, I highly recommend ETC!

2 Kristal Draskovic T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a local Coordinator and a host mom with ETC. As a job, being a Local Coordinator is very satisfying because it’s all about relationship building and being connected to enjoyable people. It’s flexible, challenging, and fun. As a host mom, I get to enjoy a teen from another country, and our family learns so much as well. We all support each other, and aim to make dreams come true.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our first time hosting a student, we were paired with an outstanding young lady from Germany who easily blended into our family. I felt like our local coordinator Christina Cruz took extra time to find the right student for us. I love the way Christina the local coordinator hosted parties, organized events for students and their American families. She really kept a close bond with all the families. The communication was good and everyone at ETC was supportive and helpful. Our family is truly blessed to say we have family in Germany. We highly recommend ETC for anyone considering hosting an exchange student. A special thank you to Christina Cruz.

1 EmilyRosAY

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for ETC for a year now and I'm so thankful to find such a supportive, encouraging place. The training is all super helpful, I felt confident to do my job well. A year later, I've met so many on our national team, creating lifelong friendships with host families and students and found a great organization that works around my family life. I love supporting our host families and walking along side our students as they fulfill their lifelong dreams. This is the best job!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with ETC as a local coordinator and as a host family has been an amazing experience. We have loved bringing the world into our home and family to teach our children about other countries. Etc has done an amazing job making sure the process of applying to be a host family, support while students are here and then preparing everyone for students to return home was easy and everyone felt cared for.

Working for ETC has brought me so much joy, amazing friendships and some of the best memories. Truly an amazing place to work!

1 Kori S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a Local Coordinator for ETC since January and love every minute of it. I have been able to work with wonderful students and host families that truley love helping students have a wonderful experience in the United States of America. It has opened my eyes to different cultures from around the world. ETC allows foriegn exchange students a time of their life and I have throughly enjoyed meeting the students and listening to their stories. I look forward to meeting many more students in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly a blessing to be a part of the ETC family. I have placed many students with amazing host families and overseen them during their time here in America. It is so exciting to see how much they grow and change during their time with their American family and friends. ETC has been very supportive and provided in-depth training that helps us feel ready and able to support our students and families throughout the whole process and their time together. I have been able to build great friendships with some amazing people that I would never have met if it wasn't for ETC.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We hosted an exchange student from Germany this year and it was great! I was a little nervous about moving a stranger in hoping we would all get along etc. He fit in immediately! He made the high school soccer team and made friends instantly. He was so easy to live with. Courteous, helpful and taught me some German dishes. We would do it again!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our first time hosting a student and we would definitely do it again, and through ETC specifically. The communication was good and everyone at ETC was supportive and helpful while coaching us newcomers through the process of hosting a student. Most of the exchange students we met throughout the year were bright, adventurous and respectful but we felt like we REALLY got lucky in being paired with an outstanding young man from Spain who easily blended into our family. We would highly recommend ETC for anyone considering hosting an exchange student or a parent looking to send their child on exchange for an opportunity of a lifetime.

1 Jeremy H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have had 2 students so far since learning about ETC (plus one other who only stayed a couple of weeks and the process was just as great). I love the way that the local coordinators are involved with hosting parties, visiting homes of the students, and the overall availability of things to do for students and their American families. I will always consider our boys as our sons and our daughter has added brothers :)

1 Michele A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been blessed enough to host 8 students with ETC. This is a wonderful organization. The local coordinators are trained to deal with any situation that may come up. I love the company and it's vision so much that I became a local coordinator. This has given me the opportunity to get to know so many different students. I can't say enough positive things about this organization. I have loved all the adventures that my family has experienced because we decided to host.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been blessed in so many ways to be part of the ETC family. Not only by working with such a great organization but also hosting our German son! ETC puts its students and host families first. The standard they hold themselves to is incredible! ETC truly cares for every person that touches the organization in some way from their local coordinators, students, host families, schools and employees.

They are one of the best!

2 Jennifer Van Alstyne M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have hosted several students with ETC and we love the close family atmosphere the organization provides! The fact that it is a smaller organization allows for more personal relationships with our local coordinator and other host families in the area! The level of support we receive as a host family is amazing and the local coordinators and other staff members truly care about the students and host families! We can't wait to welcome our German student in July!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ETC strives to place their students with the right family in order to ensure the best experience for everyone

3 Elena G.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is my third time hosting a student, and my family and I loves it. It is a fun experience to get to know other cultures from different countries.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have hosted three students with ETC, and are looking forward to our fourth arriving in August. I can honestly say it has been a life-changing experience for my entire family. My kids have loved getting an instant "teenage sibling" from other countries, and it has really sparked their love of language and culture. ETC is extremely supportive of the host family and student throughout the whole process. We plan on hosting with ETC frequently for the foreseeable future. I highly recommend this organization if you're considering hosting an exchange student!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are currently hosting a student from Germany through ETC. It has been an amazing experience. From the preparation and training they provided before she arrived, to the guidance, activities and follow-up they have had during our year, the experience has been great. They are here to help whenever needed, they are hands-on just enough so that we (and the student) feel VERY supported, and they are always a pleasure to deal with!! It's clear that they have the safety and well-being of the student placed first (which is how it should be!), so anyone who is looking to host or send a child somewhere through this organization, rest assured!!!

2 Jerome M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been fortunate to host several students from around the world. These children have enlightened us not only to our culture but thier cultures through our similarities and differences we have grown as a family in a global community. Many of our students(extended families) keep us involved in their lives through social media and our children have grown up with a global family.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have hosted with ETC since 2015: 2 German students, 3 Italians and 1 South Korean. We have had amazing support and guidance through the hosting process with this company. We submitted criminal background checks, personal references and had an in-person inspection of our home. We were assigned a local coordinator that met with us every month at least. We had a thorough (3+ hours) new family orientation that guided us through what to expect, how to handle cultural differences and even a thorough sexual abuse prevention presentation. Our coordinator assisted us in choosing our student by matching our interests and the backgrounds of the kids. We have monthly activities in our community and our students have loved both the big national trips as well as our smaller regional trips. Our students have opened my own children's perspective on the world. It has not always been easy. We faced significant cultural barriers with our Korean son, but ETC helped us through and increased our understanding while also encouraging the student to overcome his own barriers. We have been lucky enough to visit three of our students in Europe and one of our Italian daughters recently returned home for a visit. We have expanded our understanding of different cultures and have added children to our family. We have been welcomed by our students' natural families as well into a large global family. Hosting has been a truly remarkable experience and ETC is an amazing sponsor organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has hosted 8 students through ETC and we have LOVED every aspect of our hosting experiences. Our "students" have become our family, we have made friends with other host families and the staff at ETC is amazing! ETC's students and families are thoroughly vetted and they strive to make the perfect match for students and families. We now have children all over the world!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a local coordinator with ETC. After seeing the amazing experiences that other host families were having, we decided to host a student ourselves. We had the BEST experience hosting a girl from Germany. It went so well, that we have stayed connected and her and her entire family are coming to the USA to visit us. I have been with ETC for 3 years now and love every aspect of the job; from the community formed with other local coordinators, staff and admin, as well as the relationships and connections made with host families and students I work with. ETC is such a positive environment that genuinely cares about the experience it's workers, host families and students have.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This year, on Giving Tuesday, ETC students, staff and host families joined Giving Tuesday's mission of giving back this charitable season. Education, Travel and Culture partnered with Feed My Starving Children in Arizona. This organization is dedicated to providing high quality and nutritionally complete meals to malnourished children all over the world. The ETC staff was so excited to be part of something that will help children and potentially change lives. Everyone had a fantastic time dancing to the Christmas music while scooping vitamins, veggies, rice and soy. Participating in this event prepared our team for the charitable season and inspired many people to volunteer again! ETC along with volunteers from ASU and Cornerstone packed 145 boxes and 31,320 meals!

On Giving Tuesday we packed enough meals to feed 85 malnourished children for an entire year! In the US we are so blessed to have many necessities and luxuries at our fingertips but on November 29th the greatest blessing was having the opportunity to help make a difference in a child's life.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through ETC I have been able to work with many wonderful students from around the globe and meet host families as well. it's an amazing program that helps teens live out their dream of coming to the U.S. It is a privilege to work for this great organization and help it's awesome cause.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to meet some of the fine students from around the world who have come to my area with ETC. The students are the best - intelligent, warm, friendly and fun loving. They are good ambassadors for their countries and a joy to spend time with.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Education Travel and Culture is an outstanding company for cultural exchange opportunities! As a former exhange student, my life was changed for good by my experience. If you're looking for an opportunity to give back, be a goodwill embassador and promote cultural exchange - look no further!

2 Chelsea Etc R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I’ve been with ETC for less than one year, it hasn’t been difficult for me to recognize how lucky I am to be part of this amazing team. The purpose of our organization is truly remarkable. We live in such a wonderful country, and being part of a team that offers others the opportunity to visit our great country is extremely fulfilling.

2 Dorit W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ETC has helped me become friends and even family with many people around the globe!