Schewe new exchange program coordinator

IRON MOUNTAIN — International Cultural Exchange Services has announced Mariah Schewe will serve as a new local coordinator.

Schewe is a lifelong resident of the area and is married with four children. They have hosted two exchange students and has helped with a third.

“We have had great experiences with all of them,” Schewe said. “We keep in contact with them, visiting them in their home countries.”

The Schewes enjoy the experience to welcome other cultures into their lives.

“I’m excited to work with exchange students because living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan can sometimes feel like you are disconnected with the world but having other cultures in our community brings out the best in everyone,” Schewe said.

Having exchange students in local schools and communities increases mutual understanding and improves relationships between countries, she said.

Schewe is looking for local families that would like to host for the 2019-2020 school year. Exchange students live as a member of the host family, not a guest or boarder. They participate in family activities, follow host family rules and help with chores.

Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses. Host families provide room and board.

As the local coordinator, Schewe is available to answer questions, give advice and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience.

For more information about hosting or working with ICES, contact Schewe at 906-271-0295 or email