International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) welcomes Teresa Cook as a new Local Coordinator.

“I live in New Castle, Indiana and have lived here most of my life. I was an exchange student to Australia in college,” Cook said. “I have enjoyed getting to know several exchange students in the high school where I teach.”

Cook is excited for this new opportunity to work with international high school students and the local families that host them and feels that having exchange students in our local schools and communities increase mutual understanding and improves relationships between countries. She will be working with families and schools in New Castle and in the surrounding area.

“I am excited to work with exchange students because I believe it helps the exchange student, host school, and host family learn more about other cultures and customs and helps to create life long bonds and friendships,” she said.

Cook is currently looking for families that would like to host for the school year of 2021. 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 & board and loving parental guidance to the student.

As the Local Coordinator, Cook 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, please contact Teresa Cook at