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    Local families needed to host international exchange students

    The time is now to bring international exchange to Delaware once again. International Student Exchange, a nonprofit organization, is looking for volunteer families to host international high school students in the coming academic year. Host families can expect to gain a new family member, experience a new culture, create lifelong friendships and make a positive impact locally and globally. High school classes will start soon and interested parties must apply immediately. The international exchange students are between the ages of 15 and 18. They come from 40 different countries. “The exchange program focuses on bringing the people of the world closer together while educating the leaders of tomorrow through student…

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    Local host families sought for exchange students | Local news

    You’d be forgiven if you thought Andrea Polakova was the daughter of Mitzi and Scott Gaskins. Known as “Andy,” the 17-year-old from Prague, Czech Republic, has a rapport with the Gaskinses one would call familial. There’s good-natured ribbing between Scott and Polakova. “You were nicer to me in the first two weeks,” Polokova said to Scott. They’re competitive, too. Scott bested her on the tennis court, and Polokova wants another shot. She fits right in with Danilo, Kellen and Luke, the Gaskinses three adopted sons. “She’s like one of my kids,” Scott said. “You just can’t claim me on your taxes,” Polakova added. One can tell it’s not the first…

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    Foreign exchange student program seeks host families

    More than 20 countries, including Denmark, participate in CETUSA. (Courtesy CETUSA) The Council for Educational Travel USA is looking to place 10th- and 11th-grade students with families in the Cypress, Pearland, Sugar Land or Katy area by August. CETUSA is a nonprofit international student exchange organization that coordinates with students in 20 other countries including South Korea, Brazil, France, Germany and Argentina. “We’re looking for diversification in high schools, but we’re also looking for cultural exchange between the students that come into the U.S. and the host families,” CETUSA Local Coordinator Nicola Edmunds said. Families in the U.S. typically host students for an academic year, Edmunds said. She said CETUSA…

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    High school foreign exchange program seeking host families

    LAFAYETTE — School may be out for the summer, but plans are already in place for the upcoming school year in regards to getting foreign exchange students enrolled. The Greenheart Exchange Program is looking for ten families to host international high school students for the entire upcoming school year. “A lot of international students want to come just to experience different cultures here,” says Jeannie Grainger, the local coordinator for the program. “They’re used to what they have grown up with back home, and a lot of them want to get out for their senior year, to experience the culture and learn about the area to see if they want…

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    North Carolina host families needed as study abroad programs return

    The need for host families for foreign exchange students in North Carolina is greater as more restrictions are lifted following pandemic lockdowns. The nonprofit study abroad organization, Foreign Links Around the Globe or FLAG, is in the midst of placing high school students from more than 51 countries with families in the United States. “We are looking for families that would love to host any high school for an exchange student for between five to ten months,” said Allison Stalberg, a coordinator for FLAG in Orange County. “The students stay for either one school semester or two school semesters,” Stalberg said. Individual school districts have their own policies on allowing…

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    Ohio host families needed for foreign exchange students

    WADSWORTH, Ohio — Dozens of host family homes are needed across Ohio to host foreign exchange students for the 2021-22 school year. What You Need To Know Ayusa is a foreign exchange student program Dozens of host homes are needed in Ohio The students are funded by their own families Host families choose their student and have no legal liability for them Gigi Gerstenberger is the Northeast Ohio Community Representative for Ayusa Global Youth Exchange. She and her family have hosted an exchange student from Prague, the capital of Czech Republic.  Anna Vetrovcova came to America to live with them for her junior year of high school in the 2012-13 school year. It’s…

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    Foreign students, host families relish cultural exchange

    This year, families in Western North Carolina hosted three foreign exchange students while they attended Pisgah High School. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many schools that would normally accept exchange students decided not to this year. Pisgah, one of the few high schools that did accept students studying abroad, ended up with three of the seven students placed by International Cultural Exchange Services in North Carolina.  Each year ICES places more than 1,500 international students in high schools across the United States where they are hosted by American families. Donna Bell is the local coordinator and field manager for Western North Carolina. Bell helps find and recruit host families for…

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