World Heritage Southeast

November/December 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza!!!!

Such a busy and exciting time of year for our students - so much to learn and experience about American traditions and their host family's traditions. And with school out, now is the time to watch out for homesickness. The newness of the US is wearing off, the routine is settling in, and everyone is focused on family/holiday time. Add in the election stress and emotions can run high for our students. Please be sure to check in with them and ASK OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS to get them talking!!!
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Ana from Serbia as an Elf at Zoo Atlanta!

Getting Volunteer hours, learning about the zoo, and getting into the Christmas spirit!

HE SAID/SHE SAID...........The Role of the Area Representative - Switzerland!!

By now some of you have had some issues with your students, or perhaps there are some brewing. Please be sure to maintain a very neutral position - there are 2 sides to every story. Sometimes they need a break from each other, or just to vent. And sometimes there are heightened expectations of what the "Facebook" hosting experience is all about (the reality is very different than the picture). Please be sure to stay positive and neutral for all parties - and let me know how I can help!

Interacting with the newest teenager in your life

Here are some examples of open ended questions to ask on your monthly contacts:

  1. Whats your favorite thing about school/host family/USA/your town?
  2. What is different than you expected?
  3. What would you tell yourself now that you didn't know before you came here?
  4. What have you learned about yourself since you came on program?
  5. Which class has your favorite/worst group of kids in it?

You get the idea - get the kids talking!!

Do you have a great student on your program? Ask them if they'd like to do a job shadow day while they are on program. As you know, our FLEX kids do this, but its a great experience they can add to their college resumes. Perhaps as a reward for getting their school presentations done????

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Our annual training meetings are important to ensure you are up to date with State Department Standards and new World Heritage Policies.

All Reps are required to complete an in person or phone training annually.

Welcome aboard Katherine Brown in Huntsville, Alabama!!


Sometimes its hard to sit at a farmers market or church for marketing World Heritage. So bring a friend!! Everything is easier with a buddy, and I've spoken to most of you about having a teammate. This can help you with marketing, orientations, activities, home visits and problem resolution! MORE IS MERRIER!!!!


yep - you can get it before Christmas if you have done the following:

  1. 2 activities with your students
  2. In person meeting with Host Parents
  3. Submitted the report card to me
  4. Talked to the school counselor about the student's progress

And then have a Merry Christmas!

Travel for Students


  • only allowed with Host families, WH trips, or a school trip
  • contact me if they intend to travel Internationally while on program - several additional steps need to be taken
  • FLEX AND YES have different procedures, please check in prior to travel.


  • Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, ATV's, snowmobiles, wave runners, jet skis, or other powered devices WILL NOT BE COVERED BY INSURANCE - whether driving or riding.

World Heritage Southeast

International Student Exchange Program covering the south