Host families needed for students
| January 4, 2011 12:32 PM
More families are needed to host
foreign high school students who will be arriving in the country
soon for academic semester homestay programs.
Placement deadlines for these students
are fast approaching, according to representatives of Pacific
Intercultural Exchange, a non-profit educational organization.
The students are between the ages of 15
and 18, speak English, have their own spending money and carry
accident and health insurance. Their stay ranges in length from one
semester to a full academic year.
Area representatives of the
organization match students with host families by finding common
interests and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting.
Prospective host families are able to review student applications
and select a match. P.I.E. can fit a student into just about any
situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a
retired couple or a large family.
Families interested in learning more
about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community
representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402. The
agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for
American high school students, as well as possibilities for
community volunteers to assist and work with area host families,
students and schools.