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Follow Your Guiding Star to North Star Youth Exchange

When the Voyageurs explored the lands that are now called Minnesota and Wisconsin, they followed the guiding light of the north star.

The North Star Region includes the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding cities and towns (3 million inhabitants). Other major cities in our area include St. Cloud, Mankato and Rochester in Minnesota and LaCrosse and Hudson in Wisconsin.

Experience Midwest Living

Our area is rich in natural resources, culture and open-hearted people. Exchange students staying in the North Star Area may live in urban, suburban or rural communities.

People in this area enjoy the outdoors, the numerous lakes and rivers, music and theatre and all types of sports, including fishing, golf, baseball, basketball, football, skiing and snowmobiling. Exchange students will enjoy four distinct seasons of weather — hot summers; autumn’s brilliant change of color; snowy winters; and the re-awakening in the spring.

A student and host family enjoy a Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Icons

Famous people from our area include Bob Dylan, Prince, artist Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Our area is the birthplace of the post-it note, waterskiing, Harley-Davidson and the modern computer.

High school classes begin the first week of September and end the first week of June. Exchange students are typically placed in the 11th (junior) or 12th (senior) year.