Host Families Needed For Foreign Exchange Students

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The search is on for local host families for International Exchange Students for the 2014-2015 high school year.

Potential host families can view profiles based on the families’ interests, activities and hobbies to decide which students will fit best into their homes, which includes helping with household chores, attending school and sharing their culture.

The students in the exchange program receive a monthly allowance from their natural parents to pay for their own toiletries, personal needs, activities, school supplies, clothing and entertainment.

Host families might have their own children in the home, or not. Empty-nesters, grandparents, and even single adults can host a student.

Host families have said wonderful things about their experience.

“It’s wonderful to see your exchange student mature right before you eyes and it’s incredible how much your own family grows too.”

“It really changed the lives of our family and the students we hosted.”

For more information, please contact Edie Miller (928) 951-4871 or Janet Nossek (928) 595-0395.

The EF (Education First) Foundation has a website with lots of information on the organization, programs and support. Please see www.effoundation.org. To view videos on students, please see www.exchangestories.com.

People are invited to meet the 2013/14 EF exchange students at the “Around the World in 8 Plates” event tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 25 between 5 and 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. The 150 tickets for the event will cost $9 for students and $15 for adults. Taste foods from Norway, Germany, Thailand, India and more. For more information, call Payson High School at (928) 474-2233.

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