Three local families were recently honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their participation in the EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
Mike Buskirk, Daria Mason and family; Scott and Janet Nossek and family; and Michael and Theresa Garré and family have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their support of nonprofit EF Foundation for Foreign Study (www.ef foundation.org), the leader in high school exchange.
For the past nine months, the three families have opened their hearts and homes to three high school students from Germany and Japan.
As host families in Pine and Payson, they have been instrumental in supporting a priority United States foreign policy goal of expanding communications between U.S. citizens and people from other countries.
“Our experience hosting an exchange student has enriched our lives more than we imagined, said Scott and Janet Nossek.
“It is amazing how one student can impact not only a host family, but an entire school and community. We often hear from students, and adults, what a positive influence Urara, our exchange student has been in their life. We couldn’t agree more!
“EF has been a wonderful organization to work with, and through their outstanding local coordinator, Edie Miller, they have made every effort to ensure hosting an exchange student was a rewarding experience for our family, as well as the student.”
“We are extremely excited to honor these families,” noted Edie Miller, International Exchange coordinator, EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
“They have been volunteering with EF Foundation since July 2011.
“These families have welcomed their students with open arms and have created bonds that I am certain will last a lifetime.”
It should be noted that the Buskirk/Mason family have been hosting for the past six years.
Created in 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups who have earned a defined number of hours of volunteer service over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad.
The award is designed to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., EF Foundation for Foreign Study is the leader in high school exchange. Since 1979, the organization has matched more than 100,000 students from around the world with host families across the United States.
Learn more about high school exchange at effoundation.org or contact Miller at fralyntam@ gmail.com and/or 951-4871.