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    Farmington Family Hosting Child Of Prior Exchange Student

    FARMINGTON — A Farmington family has hosted enough foreign exchange students that they are now hosting a “granddaughter,” the child of one of their earliest exchange-student “sons.” Rich and Carol Bundsgaard hosted German student Stefan Klemmer in 1996-1997 when they lived in Jonesboro. Fast forward to 2021, and sitting at their table in their home outside Farmington is Klemmer’s daughter, Fiene. She is a high school junior enrolled in eight classes at Farmington High School and has joined its soccer and track teams. Fiene wasn’t supposed to be with the Bundsgaards. Her original placement was with a family in Texas. However, the placement didn’t work out, and she joined the…

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    Exchange Club hosts deaf and hard of hearing student program | Quincy Public Schools

    QUINCY — The Quincy Exchange Club hosted Quincy and Mendon students who are deaf and hard of hearing at its meeting Friday for an annual holiday tradition considered a club favorite. After opening remarks from Exchange Club president Erik Dolieslager, Art Awerkamp introduced Kate Sanders from the Quincy Public Schools. Sanders has taken over the stewardship for the deaf and hard of hearing program for QPS. Awerkamp presented a check for $1,000 to the program on behalf of the Exchange Club. “Back in August, our students and our staff started asking if we were going to do the Exchange Club program again,” Sanders said. Sanders noted that the time during…

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    The Wesleyan Argus | An Enriching Experience: Exchange Students Reflect on Time at Wesleyan

    c/o Aiden Malanaphy, Senior Staff Photographer The pandemic not only prevented students from traveling through the University’s study abroad program, but also inhibited foreign exchange students from coming to Middletown. During the 2020-2021 academic year, international students had trouble obtaining visas and hesitated to travel due to COVID-19. As a result, the University hosted only one undergraduate exchange student and no foreign language teaching assistants (FLTAs), who are usually graduate students. This semester, there are about 12 FLTAs on campus and four undergraduate exchange students.  While the University hired FLTAs to work remotely for the 2020-2021 academic year, they could not hold as many casual conversations and social events as they usually can. Director…

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    USC must take more initiative to guide outgoing exchange students

    (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan file photo) Last semester, USC opened its applications for incoming exchange students from international universities via the Annenberg International Program and Marshall International Exchange Program. However, following international schools canceling their exchange programs because of their countries’ uncertain coronavirus situations, few students were able to participate in the programs. Although the pandemic has somewhat subsided in the United States, many students still decline its outgoing exchange offer because of the 14 — even 21 in some cases — days of required hotel quarantine upon arrival. I am one of the students who was able to come to USC through the Annenberg International Program. After none…

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    German exchange student Boettcher taking Viroqua hockey to new heights

    December 8, 2021 10:50 PM Posted: December 8, 2021 10:50 PM On the local ice, Viroqua girls hockey looks to build on an impressive 2020 season, and they’re relying on a piece of their team who’s traveled 4,000 miles to get there. It’s Leonie Boettcher, a foreign exchange student from Berlin, Germany. She has played hockey overseas since she was three years old, and she always wanted to play hockey in the States. Even with all her experience with the game, she was worried about fitting in, but with Viroqua she’s found a second family. “I am so glad she’s here, she’s a really good asset to the team,” said…

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    Exchange student program hopes to return to county | Local News

    Organizers of Education First High School Exchange Year are hoping that four local families will be able to welcome foreign exchange students into their Hopkins County homes next school year. Hosting an exchange student is more than providing a bed to sleep in and meals to eat. As a host family, you are welcoming a new member into your home, sharing your everyday lives, growing and getting to know one another, and sharing cultural experiences and perspectives you may never have known existed. EF is a program that has been promoting global awareness through student exchange for over 40 years. Regional Coordinator Educational First School Exchange, Megan Chaney, is in…

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