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Local families needed to host exchange students

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 10:34 a.m. CDT

World Heritage, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Europe, Asia and North and South America coming to this area for the upcoming school year. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family and attending high school.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time, the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.

The students are well screened and qualified by World Heritage. Qualified families may select the teen of their choice from student applications, photo collages and biographical essays. Once paired, students and families are encouraged to begin corresponding prior to the student’s arrival.

World Heritage is also seeking local high school students to become exchange students abroad. Students should be between 15 and 18 years old and interested in living with a host family, attending school and learning about the lands and people of Europe, Asia, the Americas, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa. Students should be in good academic standing and have a desire to learn of another culture and language through living with a warm and giving volunteer family. Academic year, three-month reciprocal exchanges and shorter term summer programs are available.

Those interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family or becoming an exchange student should contact World Heritage at 866-939-4111, go online at www.WhHosts.com or email Courtney@World-Heritage.org.

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