There's no substitute for experience in-country. Meeting locals, seeing things with your own eyes, you learn more deeply and that allows you to grow.
Colleges and businesses are looking for people with the "Spark", that one thing that makes you different. In a world that is growing more connected, international experience and skills can be what distinguishes you from the competition.
It's more than. 'You'll always have a free couch to sleep on in Europe!" But, that's an important benefit to meeting these students, their families, and hopefully welcoming them to your couch, too. Many of our students connect with their exchange partners for years after high school.