All Boats Rising with the Tide
Given recent industry changes and the inclusion of F-1 programs in the CSIET listing process, panelists will discuss the evolving exchange landscape of J-1 and F-1 programs and how these programs can work together effectively. This is a panel discussion about challenges and best practices regarding collaboration between J-1 and F-1 programs, including representatives from J-1, F-1 organizations, school and other perspectives.
Speaker: Carol Cain, STS USA
Carol Cain has experienced a diverse evolution in cultural exchange that began through her career in High School Special Education. Her role as advisor with the Rotary International, Interact Club introduced her to the first of many international students she has hosted over the years. That experience led to additional opportunities to continue working in the industry of global education. As Program Director for Global Friendships, Carol created, taught and facilitated short term cultural programs every summer and fall for more than a decade. Her next position brought her to AYUSA, as a Regional Director throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Carol was then invited to assist with the development of the STS Select F-1 program in 2011, and she departed from her initial path to devote herself full time to the international student industry. She now serves as National Director of Program Operations for both STS Foundation and STS Select in their national office located in Concord, MA
Speaker: Benjamin Gaylord, American Councils
No stranger to the exchange experience himself, Benjamin has been with American Councils since 1995 and now oversees the American Councils Placement Department, including our network of Local Coordinators throughout the U.S. In high school and university, Benjamin was an exchange student in Russia; he has lived and traveled extensively throughout Eurasia, and Latin America. In his work with exchange programs his focus has been mostly working with J-1 Scholarship students sponsored by the State Department (FLEX, YES, ASMYLE and others) with countries that are priority for improving relationships. In this work he has collaborated with many organizations at CSIET to make these programs a success, and loves to see the powerful impact of exchange and working in partnership with others to support the larger exchange community. Benjamin has a BA in Russian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. He is a fluent speaker of Russian, Spanish and Dutch. He loves playing with his daughters. When he is on the road he enjoys getting to know new people, food, nature and disc golf courses.
Speaker: John House-Myers, Bow School District
Dr. House-Myers has been a lifelong educator, and over his 34 years as a teacher and administrator has held positions in regular education, special education, vocational education, and alternative education. He has recently begun his 10th year as principal at Bow High School in New Hampshire, recently recognized by US News and World Report as one of the top high schools in America, and named last year as New Hampshire’s best high school. He has lived and worked in schools in New York, the United States Virgin Islands, Alaska, and New Hampshire, and recently completed his doctorate in international education.
Speaker: Alix Nathan, Education Travel & Culture
Alix joined Education Travel & Culture (ETC) in early 2004 when the founders of the company retired. The first year was the most difficult of his professional career and he nearly closed the company. With a small staff of two employees, Alix handled all aspects of the job from host family recruitment, host family interviews, student orientations, student oversight and numerous other tasks. The company has grown significantly in size since and is a proud J-1 high school visa sponsor of approximately 375 students per year. It also has a small but growing outbound program. In 2006, Alix oversaw the formation of a separate entity to serve the growing F-1 market and founded a company called Private School Exchange (PSE). Alix was fortunate to be exposed to international travel and education from an early age. He and his two siblings participated in the AFS high school exchange year. Alix lived in Venezuela for his exchange program and defines that period of his life as instrumental in changing his view of the world and for helping to define him as a person. He later lived and studied in Japan for two years. He married his Chinese born wife in the USA and they have two young girls that attend a Chinese immersion school. They enjoy hosting and serving the greater mission of international student exchange. He considers this job to be an honor and privilege to be able to provide cultural exchange opportunities for students, host families, schools and communities. His hobbies and passions include travel with his family, fly fishing, and meeting and working with great people!