Host families needed

This July, open your heart and home to an exchange student and make a dream come true. Marie-Claude Dijoud, program director for nonprofit Educational Merit Foundation for Student Exchange, is currently accepting applications for volunteer host families for 2016/17 school year. Host families open their homes to a 15- to 18-year-old from Germany or Spain. Students come for the school year and attend a local high school. Through the exchange experience, both student and family get the chance to learn about a new culture and promote global understanding, right here in our community.

 “Host families represent the diversity of America and come from different backgrounds and family situations,” explained Dijoud. “Among those who enjoy hosting are parents looking to give their own kids a glimpse of the world. 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. Single parents with or without children as well as single sex families are welcome to apply. Being part of exchange is a great way to give back and maybe check off that New Year’s resolution to learn more about the world in 2016.”

Host family applicants undergo a screening process to ensure they are well suited for an exchange experience. To host, one adult in the household must be at least 25 years old.

Committed to promoting international understanding and global awareness for the last 25 years, EMF is designated by the United States Department of State as an Exchange Program Sponsor. Learn more about high school exchange at emfusa.org or contact Marie-Claude Dijoud at mcdijoud@emfusa.org and/or 800-467-8363.  

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