Host Families Sought For Foreign Exchange Students

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Edie Miller and Janet Nossek work tirelessly for the EF (Education First) Foundation to pair students from foreign countries with families in the Rim Country.

But they have run up against a roadblock.

More students wish to come to the Rim Country than she has families to host them.

Last year, Miller found homes for 13 students from such far-flung areas as Thailand, Germany and Norway.

This year, she needs more help.

The exchange coordinators are currently accepting applications for host families to accept students before the July 29 start date of the 2013-14 school year.

“Host families represent the diversity of America, and come from different backgrounds and family situations,” said Miller. “Among those who enjoy hosting are parents looking to give their own kids a glimpse of the world. But there are also many successful host families who have no children, or who have adult children, and are looking for new ways to connect to their communities, such as current host parents Steve and Sherry Taylor.”

Sherry Taylor said, “Hosting a foreign exchange student has been the most rewarding experience for all of us. We have had a wonderful time exploring each other’s countries, cultures, religions, foods and families. We have traveled, hiked, visited relatives, gone to theme parks, enjoyed special occasions such as holidays, birthdays and outings together. We are very thankful to have shared this school year with an EF student.”

Host families open their homes to a 15- to 18-year-old from one of 25 countries around the world. Students come for one or two semesters. Host family applicants undergo a screening process to ensure that they are well suited for an exchange experience.

Learn more about high school exchange at www.effoundation .org or contact IEC Miller at fralyntam@gmail.com and/or (928) 951-4871 or IEC Janet Nossek at nossek@q.com and/or (928) 595-0395.

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