About Us

The Education and Cultural Exchange Program began in 2013 blending the cultural and academic exchange experience into one well-rounded opportunity for middle and high-school-aged international students.  Combining the cultural experience of living with a volunteer host family and the traditional academic expectations of the F-1 program, ECEP is affordably priced and gives the broadest possible experience to international exchange students.

Gaylen Tracy, the new Director of High School Programs is originally from Simla, Colorado and currently resides in Arkansas. Gaylen and his family started hosting exchange students in 2004. He began working as a local coordinator in 2004 and has worked in Student Exchange ever since. Gaylen has first -hand knowledge of all facets of the international student exchange industry. He is excited to bring his experience and enthusiasm to ECEP.
ECEP is lovingly guided by Program Director Monique Grice.  Monique has been in the international exchange field since 1996 and has hosted many students herself in various programs over the years.  The staff and coordinators at ECEP are passionate about the students and the mission of “promoting global diversity through education and cultural exchange”.
Janet Gregory, the new Student Support Administrator, is originally from Chicago, Illinois and currently resides with her husband and two German Shepherds in Arkansas. In 2008, Janet and her family hosted their first exchange student. She has committed her career to the exchange industry ever since. She is delighted to be part of continuing the mission of ECEP and looks forward to getting to know everyone who shares her passion for international students and the families who open their lives and homes to these extraordinary kids.