Some wonderful relationships have been made in Tualatin through the opportunity to host international exchange students. Tualatin families and students alike are nervous, excited and overwhelmed with emotion as they prepare for this new adventure. Soon, they are united and the students’ fears of living in a strange land start to dissipate as they see their personalized “Welcome to America” signs. Host families are relieved to see the sweet faces of students anticipating the journey ahead. Both host families’ and students’ dreams have finally materialized and they are overcome with joy as they begin the experience of a lifetime.