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Host families needed for international exchange students

Published August 04. 2010 08:13AM

Warm hearts and caring families are needed to provide international students with an opportunity to learn more about Americans and this country. International Student Exchange, a non profit organization established in 1982, is hoping to find enough willing families in the Tamaqua Area School District to host seven students hailing from countries as diverse as Denmark, Serbia, Brazil and Thailand.

ISE is an organization dedicated to bringing people of the world closer together through student exchange and intercultural education. Daily events and social internet networks prove just how small a world this can be, but getting to actually know other cultures is best done through direct contact. Opening your home to students from other countries is a tried and true method of bringing the world closer together.

Students interested in learning more about America, and Americans as a people, range in age from 16 to 18 years of age. All speak enough English to converse with their host families and teachers. The only things host families need to provide is a warm, caring home, two to three meals a day and a bed. The students provide their own spending money as well as liability and health insurance. ISE provides area suervisors to help families every step of the way, from filling out the paperwork at the beginning, to the end of the process when students return to their native country.

Learn how to laugh in another language, host a foreign exchange student.

For more information, or to volunteer, call 610-413-1646.

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