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International high school exchange students seeking host families

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Visiting students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world are seeking host families in the Decatur area for the 2014-2015 school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

Hosting an international student is a great way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

“Every year the state of Texas plays host to talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” said Darlene Benjamin, international Experience-USA’s area director. “Texas’ spirit of hometown hospitality and focus on academic enrichment makes it an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level.”

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his or her own spending money and full health insurance coverage.

To learn more about how to make the dream come true for an international high school exchange student, email Katie Robinson at k.robinson@international-experience.net or call her at 512-538-8080.

Host families may review prospective student profiles online at iE-USA.org. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.

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