When exchange student Maria Pola came to the Augusta area in 1990, she planned to stay for a year. She ended up staying five, said her host, Nancy Hickson, of North Augusta.
“We became very, very close, and 20-something years later we’re still close,” she said. “It was a wonderful experience.”
And it’s still going on. Hickson now helps Pola, who lives in Spain and started a company called Speak and Travel that brings Spanish students here.