Exchange students need host families

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Host families are needed for foreign exchange students starting high school in the Elbert County area this fall.

Elbert County Library Director Kari May, who is the local Council for Educational Travel coordinator, said the program offers a world of education for both the students and those who choose to welcome them.

“It’s great to be able to open your home and your heart to someone from a different country,” May said. “You can show them all about your country and your family; it’s a wonderful experience.”

May, who has hosted several students herself, said potential host families shouldn’t worry.

“The students are screened, they come with their own spending money and all have excellent English-language skills,” she said. “They also pay for their own airfare.”

Host families are expected to house students for the duration of the school year.

May said families are asked to provide nourishing meals, clean living quarters and safe transportation to and from school, either by car or to the bus.

The Council for Educational Travel is a nonprofit, global exchange organization that connects students and families from different cultures in hopes of fostering compassion and understanding.

“I’ve actually been able to visit some of my students in their home county,” May said. “And it’s an amazing experience.”

Students arriving for the new school year may include students from Korea, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Those interested in hosting families may obtain an application directly from May or from the organization’s website.

A background investigation and reference check are required.

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How to take part

For more information on hosting a student for the 2013-14 school year, contact:

Kari May

970-336-0007

or visit www.cetusa.org