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Seeking Volunteer Host Families For High School Exchange Students

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The Center for Cultural Interchange invites you and your family to host a high school exchange student. Now more than ever, your family can make a difference by hosting an exchange student; making the lifelong dream of an international student come true, and yes, contributing in a small, but significant way, to global peace and understanding.

Just imagine sharing the beauty, history and culture of America with a young foreign exchange student from Russia, Vietnam, Brazil, Germany, Korea, Spain, or one of 30 other countries, developing lifelong friendships between your two families. Picture seeing the United States through the youthful eyes of an inquisitive teen, and rediscovering the simple things that we often take for granted…a baseball or football game, a community picnic, even window-shopping at the mall!

With volunteer host families in every state, CCI can provide these young ambassadors a wide range of landscapes, climates, activities and lifestyles. CCI host families represent the diversity of American culture from varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds, including couples without children, singles and single parents, and empty-nesters.

Students waiting host families include Paulina from Germany. Paulina enjoys playing tennis, dancing, photography, and is a member of the choir. Paulina has also studied French for four years and Spanish for two years. She likes to travel and has been to almost every country in Europe and is interested in learning more about other countries and cultures. She is looking forward to learning more about the American culture and lifestyle, making friends and spending time with her host family. Many students like Paulina from all over the world are awaiting host family placement in the United States before the end of August.

Who can host?

CCI has always relied on volunteer families who open their hearts and home to an exchange student, bringing them into their family, and guiding them through this once in a lifetime experience in the United States. Host families come in all shapes and sizes and represent the diversity of American culture. Our families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds and include working parents, couples without children, singles and single parents, and empty-nesters.

What is expected from the volunteer host family?

In addition to treating the student like a member of the family with, a host family provides a student with a separate bed and a quiet place to study, daily meals with the family, some local transportation, open communication, encouragement and sound advice.
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What is expected of students?

Exchange students are responsible and caring member of the family; attend school regularly and show consistent effort; share his/her culture and customs with hosts and community; participate fully in family and school life; and open communication and commitment to the program. Students arrive with their own spending money and have medical and accident insurance.

What should you expect from CCI?

CCI has a strong and dedicated staff, network of local Area Representatives and Regional Directors working with families, students and schools across the United States. Our dedicated team will match your family with a student based on similar interests; provide orientation and counseling to your family and student throughout the program; and provide you with 24 hour support and advice.
For more information on CCI, or becoming a host family with CCI, please visit our website or call us toll-free at 800-634-4771.

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