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Tips for students applying for a passport

You will need a valid passport to participate in all of our programs abroad. Please see the following tips to help make sure your following documents are valid and up-to-date. If you already have a passport, make sure it does not expire less than six months before your scheduled return flight.

If you are younger than 16:Form:Apply using form DS-11

Who needs to be there? You must apply in person at an authorized passport facility. Your parents cannot drop off the form on your behalf. Both of your parents or legal guardians must be present unless you have a signed and notarized statement of consent from the non-present parent or evidence of sole custody. Click here to find an authorized passport acceptance facility in your area.

Renewal: If your passport has expired or is about to expire, you must renew your passport in person. You are not eligible to renew your passport by mail.

Expect to provide:
Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (an original or notarized version) Copy of the evidence of U.S. …
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Best Summer Ever: France 2019

There I was, standing at the counter of a small cafe in the Paris Airport. I was hungry and tired after flying halfway across the world, yet somehow I was supposed to order a sandwich. In French. I had spent the last 3 years learning French in a classroom, but this was my first chance of putting it to practical use. Nerves overcame me but I pushed them aside, thinking to myself there was no chance of me seeing these people ever again in my life. I was the first one to step forward and order my sandwich. I stumbled over the words, but felt so victorious when they understood me and I actually understood what they said back! This was just my introduction to my wonderful trip. Of course there were ups and downs, like when I met my host family and had no clue what they said to me (turns out they told me my suitcase was heavy). Even when I didn’t understand what was being said or what was going on, I still enjoyed every moment because I got to learn something first hand.

One of my favorite d…

Reflection on a Summer in Spain

Throughout my whole life, I’ve always wanted to travel. Seeing the world, other ways of life, and other cultures has always been a dream of mine. Finally being able to go to a place like Spain, and do it through ANDEO, was better than I could’ve hoped.

I was a little scared going into it, I had never been out of the country before and going by yourself can be scary. Once I got there, though, my family was immediately very nice and welcoming. My host sister is one of my favorite people in the world, and I know I’ll never forget her. They were willing to welcome me into their home with open arms, and I will be forever grateful for how easy they made the transition into Spanish life. I am so lucky to be able to have had an experience like this. Being able to live in a different country, even for just three weeks, gives you such a new perspective on the world. 
I also got to meet a bunch of amazing new people through my host family. They taught me a bunch of new card games, and we each got …

Life from a Spanish Perspective

My experience in Spain was an amazing one. I learned about another culture that I really loved, as well as a lot about my own life here. Having never had a long visit (more than a week) to another country and not having another culture as part of my family life in America, my life and culture in America was the standard I had for how life was. By being able to visit another country for such a long period of time, I was able to see a whole new way of life and mindset that other people have, which really helped me understand the way of life in America better as well. Going to Spain, I didn’t really have any cultural shock despite it being so different from my American life. I really loved it there. Because of this, I was surprised to have a bit of reverse culture shock when returning to America. By experiencing another culture, I also was able to better understand parts of American life that had been normal before. In this way, Spain really opened my eyes up to a new way of life and how…

My Summer Adventure in France!

Ever since I was young, I have loved the French language and culture. When I visited France the first time when I was around 7 years old, I knew from the moment that we landed that I wanted to return and experience French life for myself, and this splendid program provided me exactly with that opportunity.
Through the application and preparation period, the ANDEO staff were incredibly helpful and communicative. The guidance and materials they provided were useful and succinct. In the months leading up to my trip, I was super excited. Admittedly, I had not prepared as much as I should have. Looking back, I would’ve been better prepared if I had listened to more French audio. Of course, this caused quite a bit of apprehension the day of my departure. I was also nervous to enter a French speaking household and meet my host family. After hours of flying, we arrived in France! When I finally met my host family, I found I had completely forgotten most of my French language skills in that mom…

My Trip to France

Before my trip I had taken three years of French. My knowledge of the language was well but definitely not perfect, so I was very nervous to meet my host family. However when we did finally meet, I had nothing to worry about. When mistakes were made we would simply laugh about it and move on. I remember one time when I was shopping with my host mom and I accidentally said I knew her mother. She was obviously very confused and a little concerned. But we laughed about it then and later on at the dinner table. I’m the youngest in my very small family and my host family had three children; Camille, Clement and Celestin. This was so exciting for me, because I always wanted to have little siblings. I adjusted quickly and every night all four of us would go in the backyard and play soccer. I have to say it was one of the highlights of my trip. 

My host family was also family friends with one of my fellow student’s family. So on the weekends we often got to see each other. On the first Saturda…

An Amazing Mexican Experience

My Mexico homestay experience was something I cannot describe in words. “Amazing” does not say enough about how wonderful it was, “Eye-opening” does not describe how privileged I felt, and “Thank You” is not the words to say how grateful I feel for my wonderful host family. First, let me describe to you my situation on my trip. I was with a Host family that consisted of a mother, father, 12 year old son and a 15 year old daughter. The daughter, Mariana, was so fun and really supportive with helping me feel comfortable and understand the language. The son, Diego, was hilarious and loved to ask me a million questions about my life back in the US. The parents were really nice and loved to ask me questions about my family and they always made sure I felt safe and took great care of me if my stomach hurt. 

During my trip, my host family took me to a lot of different cities to see so many different things. This was not something I was expecting at all. I thought they would just go on with th…