Foreign Exchange – What’s It Like?

Ireland Murray, Reporter

Timberland is currently hosting three foreign exchange students.

“The United States remains the country of choice for the largest number of international students, hosting about 1.1 million of the 4.6 million enrolled worldwide in 2017,” according to

The three students range from sophomore to senior.

“In Germany we just have the basic classes like Math and English, and here you have like all those different kinds of classes, which are really a lot of fun,” German exchange student Carlo Puca said.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity for me, and my brother was here as an exchange student five years ago, so for me it’s really interesting.” Czech student Jude Jelinkova said about why she considered doing foreign exchange. 

Spanish exchange student Gonzalo Crooke said “ I like the people and the high school here, I’ve never been to a high school.”

Puca said “There’s a lot of differences [about America], first like the food is a big difference, which is super tasty but unhealthy. Then there’s high school in general, all the sports activities and just the size in general.”

If interested in participating in foreign exchange for the 2020-2021 school year, visit here to see if you’re eligible for any of the scholarships offered.