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Area families invited to host international students

March 26, 2017

The International Training Office invites area families to host two high school-aged students from the Philippines, April 17 – 29, 2017.

Each year, thousands of engaged young people from around the world travel to the United States, eager to learn about American life and share perspectives from their own countries. Families who welcome these exchange students into their homes and hearts not only enrich the life of an exceptional young person, they help build people-to-people connections that span the globe and last a lifetime.

The goodwill, generosity and mutual understanding fostered through exchange programs are critical to meeting the challenges of today’s world. Such citizen diplomacy may start with one visiting student and his or her host family, but it ripples throughout communities in the United States and abroad.

Those interested in serving as host families must attend Host Family Orientation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, and host students from April 17 to April 29. Families will provide a private sleeping space for the students, as well as breakfast and dinner each weekday, and all meals on free days. Other requirements include transporting guests to and from the Holmes Student Center on weekdays for daily program sessions, enjoying a free weekend with the guests, April 22 to 23, and attending a Farewell Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

For more information contact Leslie Shive, Host Family Coordinator, at 815-753-9546 or [email protected].