I am involved with foreign exchange students. Iíve learned that the world can be made better through this experience. Until a family has had the experience, they cannot imagine how rewarding it is to bring the world into your own home and to see the bond being created between a host family and a teenager from another part of the world. Having these students in our homes does help us gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and learn skills needed to live in our culturally diverse world.
By having these students live with our families, we break down the barriers that divide people, not only across international borders, but also within our own community. Itís a great opportunity to experience another country without leaving your own home. The rewards a family will reap are unlimited.
I urge people to consider the possibility of volunteering to host an exchange student. The non-profit company, CHI (Culture Homestay International) www.chinet.org
, has rigorously screened the students participating in the exchange. They are between 15 Ė 18 years of age, have studied English for a minimum of three years, have their own medical insurance, and have undergone a thorough personal screening and interview process. Many of these students arrive in the United States with dreams of participating in clubs, sports, arts, music and other activities. They return to their native land with improved English skills, a sense of independence and self-confidence, more maturity and a better global understanding. Most importantly they will have made relationships that will last forever.
I would be happy to help any families in San Jose that are interested. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.