Click here to view video testimonials from Sister Cities' Student Ambassadors.
- "My perspective of other cultures and languages was enhanced through my student exchange with Sister Cities, while also allowing me to form friendships to last a lifetime. I am grateful for the experience this program gave me, and my time in Germany was truly unforgettable. I have a new outlook on the world at large and the inhabitants living in it. The world is so much bigger and different than I could have ever imagined, and kindness has no language barrier. The people I met and places I visited changed my summer, my outlook, and my memories for the better!"
Ellie T., 2016 Exchange Student
Anna H., 2016
- "I would consider my traveling and hosting experiences with sister cities to be among the most influential of my time in high school as a whole. Thanks to my firsthand exposure to the French language and culture, I'll be pursuing a French major or minor in college, and I also hope to spend time studying and/or living in France during and after my undergraduate studies. Sister Cities is truly amazing, and I am extremely grateful for the lifelong friends I've made across the world.
"I couldn't have asked for a better experience, and I'm so glad I got to travel through Sister Cities. Staying with a host family allowed me to have a travel experience unlike an I have had before. Leaving Magdeburg felt like I was leaving a second home rather than simply a vacation destination.”
Carrie B., 2015 Exchange Student
"Visiting Australia with Sister Cities was such a great opportunity for me. I had a lovely host family in Tamworth and enjoyed being the big sister for a change. My favorite part of the trip was my time attending Tamworth High."
Carmon P., 2015 Exchange Student
"I enjoyed having so much free time roaming Taiyuan with my host and friends independent of scheduled trips."
Margie L., 2015 Exchange Student
"I can honestly say that hosting and traveling through Sister Cities of Nashville have been some of the greatest experiences of my life. Not only have I learned about different cultures and improved my French, but I also have created a connection with people and cities across the world. "
Brenna K., 2014 SCN Exchange Student
"I've never felt so at home in a place I've never been. I felt so loved and accepted. I expected to be in a different world but some of the Argentine's habits and activities were so similar to mine. It really showed me the only barriers between us were put in place by our own fear and insecurity."
Charlotte W., 2014 SCN Exchange Student
"The two weeks I spent in Magdeburg were the greatest of my summer. I enjoyed touring Germany and learning its history, as well as doing fun day to day activities that taught me about their culture. I learned and experienced a lot of great things, and this trip had a great impact on me."
Jordan B., 2014 Exchange Student
"China is definitely an experience I will not forget. The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and staying with my host family have shaped me into a more culturally aware person."
Maria Rose Z., 2014 Exchange Student
"The trip to Argentina was incredible in so many aspects. Every host was so accommodating and made such an effort to get to know each of us. Not only did we all build on our Spanish language abilities but also we built life-long relationships. The ability to connect with others who live in another hemisphere is mind-blowing – an experience that is impossible to forget."
Mackenzie P., 2014 Exchange Student
"My experience in France helped me to realize that people may come from different places, but we are all the same when it comes down to it."
Marie D., 2014 SCN Exchange Student