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Host families sought for students visiting from abroad
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DAVIS COUNTY — Opportunities to host exchange students abound throughout the year, and families interested in becoming acquainted with other cultures by having a student in their home have many options, including short-term and long-term stays.

Viewmont High is seeking families for German students who will be attending the school for three weeks, beginning Friday, April 15. The students have their own spending money and insurance. Families are needed to provide room and board and a welcoming American family experience.

“International student exchanges provide enriching experiences for both the student and the host family,” said Kathy Atkinson, adding that they “foster understanding between the U.S. and other countries of the world.”

Host families need to be in place as soon as possible. Those interested can contact Atkinson at 801-292-7574.

Other organizations are seeking host families for students coming to America for longer stretches.

Forte Exchange is looking for a home for a young man from China who loves soccer, basketball and swimming and would like to attend a high school in Davis County next year. A young woman from Sweden who likes sports, dance and art, is also looking for an opportunity in the county.

Ginger Smith, exchange student placement community representative for Forte, confirmed that students have their own spending money, insurance, follow family rules and help with chores. She can be contacted about those students or others seeking homes, at 801-444-1348.

“People host for many reasons including world culture brought to their home, volunteer hours for themselves and their children and future travel connections,” said Danika Amott, the local coordinator for the Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit organization.

Students in CIEE come from a variety of countries and start school in August. Hosts receive a tax deduction while the student is in the host home. More information is available from Amott at 801-200-8922, or www.ciee.org/highschool.

Host homes are also being sought for students aged 15 to 18 through the ASSE International Student Exchange Program. “These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, are bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family.”

As with others, each student in the ASSE program is fully insured, and “expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities,” said a release from Cindy Keeney of the Western Regional Office of ASSE. More information about this non-profit organization is available by calling 1-800-733-2773.

lshaw@davisclipper.com
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