Oh the places you will go! (Or bring the world to your home)

Hallo, hola and bienvenue! How to discover the world (and not go broke)...


Do you love to travel?

Do you want to learn a new language?

Do you want to know more about other cultures?

If any one of those questions made you nod and had your thoughts wander away to ordering breakfast in French while posting your pictures of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook, eating original gyro on a Mediterranean beach while sending mom a postcard, having a blast at the real Oktoberfest, visiting Big Ben or wander through an Indian spice market – then it’s time for you to reach out into the world and make new connections!

Becoming an exchange student gives you the opportunity to see the world, study, and experience a new culture far away from home while making lifelong friends!

Are you afraid to leave home but still want to improve your language skills? Share your heart and home – become a host family for an international student!


Who am I to put those amazing thoughts of the wide world in your head?

My name is Jessica and I am an area representative for ASSE International. I have been working with exchange organizations for 11 years. I have hosted exchange students and I have been an exchange student myself. I am originally from Germany and discovered Wisconsin as my new home when I was 16 years old going to school here in the Milwaukee area for a year. My back then host family has been an important part of my life ever since. Friends I made here 13 years ago had the chance to visit me in Germany while I kept traveling back to the US every other year to visit them until I finally moved here permanently in 2012.

After finishing school back in Germany I got involved with various exchange programs which gave me the chance to travel throughout Europe as a counselor, student representative, coordinator and teacher. Throughout the years I have worked with many students, schools and host families who took the opportunity to experience what it is like to study abroad or to welcome a new family member to your home who can teach you about their life at their home country and introduce you to new foods and traditions, while giving both of you the chance to improve your foreign language skills!

If you would like to learn more about studying abroad for 3, 6 or 10 months, feel free to contact me with any questions you have! There are 37 countries available for you to choose from and not all of them require you to speak the language prior to your trip. Scholarships are available to be able to provide students of all backgrounds with the chance of becoming an international student. I am currently working with various local high schools and their guidance departments to make sure that your trip out into the world gives you the best possibilities and no disadvantages to your education at home. Besides, a year abroad looks great on college applications and gives you numerous topics for your essays!

If you would like to share your home with one of our foreign students, please contact me as well. We welcome students from more than 60 countries, who all have at least a medium level knowledge of English (so don’t be afraid you won’t be able to talk to your new son or daughter). You are not required to pay for any expenses that go beyond room and board. All of our students have their own insurances and spending money for school supplies, trips and personal shopping. They all are good students (we have minimum grade requirements to participate in the program), interested to experience the American way of life and eager to meet you as their new family!!!!

No matter if you are a storybook-family with 2.5 kids plus cat and dog, a single parent or a couple with or without children – our students would love to enrich your family with another culture.


If you are interested in studying abroad (age 15 to 18) or becoming a host family, would simply like to get more information about the ASSE exchange program or talk to one of our former host families or students, please contact me via email



I am looking forward to hearing from you and answer all your questions!

Keep checking my blog for pictures, meetings and updates!

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Jessica Quaas February 08, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Yes, there is still time to apply for scholarships! The deadline is March 1, so everyone interested in becoming a foreign exchange student for next school year and would need a scholarship: make sure to set up an info meeting with me soon to still be able to take advantage of it! I received the question concerning scholarships via email but thought that others might be interested in the answer as well.


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