While many American families experience these activities annually, Academic Year in America (AYA) exchange students might be unfamiliar with some American fall traditions.
For that reason, our host families have an exciting chance to introduce their exchange students to some classic fall activities. Besides, watching your exchange student’s excitement will make the activities just as exciting for you!
Here are 5 fantastic fall activities to experience with your exchange student.
1. Go Pumpkin Picking
Needless to say, pumpkin picking is a fall staple in the United States. Fun for all ages, this is a wonderful way to bond with your student – and to show them what fall in the USA is all about.
For additional fun after you leave the pumpkin patch, grab some paint and enjoy an afternoon decorating your pumpkins together. Or, carve a jack-o-lantern as Halloween approaches. Whatever the case, be sure to designate one weekend to pumpkin picking before the season’s over.
2. Watch a Football Game
Here in the United States, football is nearly synonymous with fall. Whether it’s high school football, college football, or the NFL, an American football game is a great fall activity to enjoy with your exchange student.
Nicola, an AYA student from South Africa, loved watching her high school’s football team play. She said that it was a top highlight from her first month in the USA – and is where she made most of her friends.
3. Explore a Corn Maze
What’s more exciting than exploring a local corn maze on a crisp fall day?
Host families: consider bringing your exchange student to a corn maze if there’s one nearby! Navigating the maze’s twists and turns always comes with plenty of laughter – and is a great excuse to spend time outside.
4. Visit an Apple Orchard
Apple picking is another fall activity that many exchange students experience for the first time in the USA.
Many orchards have markets with fresh apple-themed baked goods that make for an extra sweet afternoon. Though the apple picking season is short, this is one fall activity you shouldn’t miss out on.
5. Host a Halloween Party
Show your student an American fall tradition in your own home – host a Halloween party! Though Halloween isn’t specifically an American holiday, every country has different traditions.
A Halloween party or get together with activities like bobbing for apples and costume contests is a fun way to show your exchange student what Halloween in the USA is like. Plus, it’ll also give them a chance to get to know others in their local community.
Hoping to show an international student all of these American fall traditions – and more? Read more about hosting an international exchange student with AYA!