Saturday, December 17, 2011

Javi won a new camera!

Wow, Javier is on a roll! He entered a contest with a photo taken from a little point and shoot inexpensive camera and won!

"In the photography contest, each student of all high schools of Madrid had to send a picture of something abstract last May. I took a picture of the back of my bird and i send it. So now, in December my school told me that i was the winner. I couldn't believe it because it was against all Madrid. So, 2 days ago, my brother went to take the prize. It's kind of funny because my brother is 2 years younger than all the people that was there and he took the prize. By the way, the prize is a brand new camera that worth about $1000" Javier

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More fun


Sisters sewing together

Our Australian student and her first and new baby host sister

Ballroom dance

Thai chicken on fire dance

Christmas party

Monday, December 12, 2011

Student of the Month!

WOW! Way to go Javi! Student of the month for his High School math department!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The World in Utah!

My apologies if I get any of these wrong. These are some of my favorite photos of the students and host families and my memory might be foggy.
Yellowstone National Park

New brothers volunteering at the animal shelter

Brothers shooting, 1st time for one.

New siblings

boating is always fun!

One of the many Ellison adventures

Julien got picked up from the airport then left on a 10 day camping trip soon after. What a way to meet a host family!

Black Island Farms with two students

Exchange float at a high school

First day of school


At the capitol building

Mom and daughter


cooking Spanish Tortilla which is a whole different thing than Mexican Tortilla

Sisters cooking crawdads that were caught at the lake

Vacation in California

The World in a musical!

What a great opportunity! Our student from Thailand was in a musical at his high school, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Amazing experience.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I am an exchange student

I am an exchange student. How do you know what is a dream if you never accomplished one. How do you know what is an adventure if you never took part in one. How do you know what is anguish if you never said goodbye to your family and friends with your eyes full of tears. How do you know what is being desperate, if you never arrived in a place alone and could not understand a word of what everyone ...else was saying. How do you know what is diversity if you never lived under the same roof with people from all over the world? How do you know what is tolerance, if you never had to get used to something different even if you didn’t like it. How do you know what is autonomy, if you never had the chance to decide something by yourself? How do you know what it means to grow up, if you never stopped being a child to start a new course? How do you know what is to be helpless, if you never wanted to hug someone and had a computer screen to prevent you from doing it. How do you know what is distance, if you never, looking at a map, said “ I am so far away”. How do you know what is a language, if you never had to learn one to make friends. How do you know what is patriotism, if you never shouted “ I love my country” holding a flag in your hands. How do you know what is the true reality, if you never had the chance to see a lot of them to make one. How do you know what is an opportunity, if you never caught one. How do you know what is pride, if you never experienced it for yourself at realizing how much you have accomplished. How do you know what is to seize the day, if you never saw the time running so fast. How do you know what is a friend, if the circumstances never showed you the true ones. How do you know what is a family, if you never had one that supported you unconditionally . How do you know what are borders, if you never crossed yours , to see what there was on the other side. How do you know what is imagination, if you never thought about the moment when you would go back home. How do you know the world, if you have never been an exchange student?

Thanks Martina for posting this great essay!

Monday, October 10, 2011

NUAMES student on her way to Seoul

And here is another article about Alyssa that was run in the Standard Examiner

NUAMES student on her way to Seoul
Standard-Examiner correspondent
Last updated Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 5:00pm
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a world-leader in international education and student exchange, has accepted 14-year-old Alyssa Amott, from West Point and a student at the Northern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering and Science (NUAMES), to a prestigious Scholarship to South Korea.

Amott is one of 100 high school students selected to participate in the third annual South Korea Scholarship Program, which is referred to in Korea as the Korea — U.S. Youth Network.

Students will be hosted by Yonsei University, South Korea’s oldest university, located in Seoul.

South Korea in Summer plans

How fun to google your child's name and see some news articles. I didn't know they had been done. :)

This one is from the Davis County Clipper

WEST POINT — South Korea will be the destination of Alyssa Amott this coming August.

Amott, a student at NUAMES in Layton, is one of 100 high school students selected to participate in the third-annual South Korea Scholarship Program for high school students.

Students will be hosted by Yonsei University, South Korea’s oldest and most acclaimed university, located in Seoul, South Korea, for two weeks of study.

“I am excited to learn more about a new culture and a new viewpoint instead of just what we get in America,” said Amott. “The exchange students that I have known all know so much more about American politics than Americans do because they really study our policies. It will be amazing to learn about us from across the world.

“I am also so excited to learn about their country, their government and the way that they live. The people I have met from South Korea have always been so kind and respectful. They have made a wonderful impression on me and I hope I can do the same in their country,” she said.

Participants will attend academic lectures, tours and cultural excursions throughout the program, which is intended to foster understanding and diplomacy between the U.S. and South Korea.

As a participant, Amott will represent the United States and NUAMES and, according to information provided by the organization, “return with unique experiences and invaluable confidence and optimism for their futures.”

Others interested in the program can learn more or apply to participate at

Read more: Davis County Clipper - S Korea in summer plans

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The World in my family's house...

My brother and sister in law decided to host a Brazilian student with CIEE. This is his first Minnesota fish.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

The World at School

Alda has her first day of classes today. I resisted the urge to run into the bus and take a picture but I did get one of the bus pulling away. Wiping away tears of joy for her amazing experience. I can only imagine what it is like to be across the world on a bus heading to a new school in America.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

And the award for first volunteer work of the year goes to...

Martina from Slovakia is spending the year at Grantsville High School. She got off to a great start the very first week with a volunteer job. She writes, "Every saturday, there is an co-operation in Grantsville/Tooele which is called Bountiful Baskets. Monday before, all the people that are interested in having cheaper and best-quality fruits and vegetables pay something and one person is going to pick all the stuff I dont know exactly where... The volunteers can come earlier and help to unpack all the stuff and devide them to each basket.. After all the people who payed before come and take their baskets, the volunteers clean the baskets up and help to clean the area."
Thanks Martina for being an amazing exchange student!

The World in the Great Salt Lake

We decided to take a quick trip to the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island. The sand and water were so warm and Alda even caught a tiny brine shrimp. We brought our German friend Marleen also.

Where in the world is Galacia?
Alda's family was kind enough to send some pictures of traditional Galacian foods and festivals. Alda is also in the band that you see. She plays the drum that looks like a snare drum there. She is also in another band where she plays the accordion.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A day with a Thai student

We had the pleasure of spending a day with a wonderful student from Thailand. My friend was hosting and had a lot of work to do so we grabbed him for a little Thai education.
He was immediately greeted by Keisha, my 10 year old's service dog.
Then we went shopping to finish Alyssa's packing for Korea. A quick trip to a Korean restaurant for lunch proved to be a yummy treat.
Afterward he picked out ingredients for a green curry dish from the international market.
When we came home he played Wii with the boys while Alyssa and I finished packing.
My first real Thai food was amazing! I cut up the chicken to his specifications and he carefully added ingredients and stirred to perfection. Chicken, green curry, coconut milk, fresh kefir lime leaves, basil and lemongrass over rice. It was the most delicious thing I've had in a very long time. Definitely on my favorites list.