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Host families needed for exchange students

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A nonprofit student exchange program is seeking families in the Pulaski area to host students from around the world during the upcoming school year. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.

According to iE-USA, students range from 15 to 18 years of age and come from countries such as Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand. They undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into the program.

Prospective student profiles can be found online at iE-USA.org.

Host families serve as mentors for the students, who participate as “active members” of the family. The students, however, are responsible for their own spending money and health insurance coverage.

“Virginia’s spirit of hospitality and focus on academic enrichment makes it an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level,” said Emily Rolin, area director of iE-USA, the sponsoring agency.

According to the agency’s press release, iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

For more information, contact iE Virginia representative Joe Bissell at j.bissell@international-experience.net or 517-388-8948.

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