Visit Us At the Upcoming Volunteer Fair in Dover, DE!

This Saturday, March 22nd, I will be at the Kent County Public Library in Dover for the volunteer fair from 2-4 pm.  I will be there along with more than 20 other organizations to speak with prospective volunteers…and we need some great volunteer host families for next year!  I’d also be happy to speak with anyone interested in coming on board as a local International Exchange Coordinator!

The Kent County Library is at 497 S. Red Haven Lane in Dover.  Hope to see you there!  The volunteer fair is hosted by the State Office of Volunteerism and the Kent County Public Library.

I can answer your questions as a coordinator AND as a host mom!  Want to see how great hosting can be?

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Foreign Exchange Friday: EF Exchange Stories

Recently, EF Foundation for Foreign Study launched a new website (exchangestories.com) and magazine (The Exchange) to share all the wonderful stories our exchange students and families have to offer, like this one:

 

You can also follow EF Foundation on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

 

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Share your great stories and pictures with us and you could be included in a future issue of The Exchange or even in one of our YouTube videos!

 

 

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as the romans do.  (danicarog.wordpress.com)

 

Featured Students for January Arrival!!!

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international flags (Photo credit: Joelk75)

We have a few students still looking for host families for half year experiences from January to June. If you’ve considered hosting, but aren’t sure you can commit to a full year, why not take a January arrival?

These are the great kids we are featuring this week:

Samuel
Switzerland

STUDENT INFORMATION
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Father’s Occupation: Radiation Oncologist
Mother’s Occupation: housemaker, nurse
Marital Status: Married
Student Lives With: Both Parents
No. of Siblings: 3
Place of Birth: Switzerland
Community: City or Town
Religion: Christian
Religion Frequency: Occasionally
Attend Host Religion: Occasionally
Food Restrictions: None
Live With Diff Host Religion: Yes
English Level: 8
GPA: B
Program Start: January 2014
Program Length: Half Year

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Boxing
• Cooking
• Listening to music
• Cinema / Movies
• Gym
• Soccer

INTERVIEWER COMMENTS
Samuel is a very active, honest and independent young man who comes from a big family. He loves the openness of Americans. He adores boxing and soccer and loves traveling, having spent a month at the EF language school in NY. He is goal-oriented, extroverted, flexible, and has a fun disposition, which makes him very approachable. He loves sitting around the dinner table with his family of six.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
I am a 17 years old active, athletic, fun-loving boy. With me you can talk about quite everything, I like listening to people and learn new things from them. I really like the USA and its people, sports, food, shopping, music, honest people, new haircuts, go out with friends, the sound when typing on a laptop, family festivals-like on Christmas and strong wind.

Philipp
Germany

STUDENT INFORMATION
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Father’s Occupation: Consultant
Mother’s Occupation: Teacher
Marital Status: Divorced
Student Lives With: Both Parents
No. of Siblings: 1
Place of Birth: Germany
Community: small town or village
Religion: Catholic
Religion Frequency: Occasionally
Attend Host Religion: Yes
Food Restrictions: None
Live With Diff Host Religion: Yes
English Level: 8
GPA: C
Program Start: January 2014
Program Length: Half Year

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Biking / Cycling
• Golf
• Listening to music
• Skiing
• Watching TV
• Computers
• Hiking
• Piano
• Tennis

INTERVIEWER COMMENTS
Philipp is a charming, polite and interested young boy. He is very athletic – his hobbies are swimming, playing golf and tennis. He is very open-minded and is looking forward to getting to know a new culture and improving his English.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
I´m 16 years old and I´m currently visiting the 9th class. In my spare time I like to do various sportive activities. In the summertime I love to play golf and tennis. As I live very close to the lake, I also like to go swimming and meeting with my friends.  During the wintertime I like to go skiing with my friends and my family.

Tim
Germany

STUDENT INFORMATION
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Father’s Occupation: Craftsman
Mother’s Occupation: Secretary
Marital Status: Married
Student Lives With: Both Parents
No. of Siblings: 1
Place of Birth: Germany
Community: City or Town
Religion: New Apostolic (Christians)
Religion Frequency: Occasionally
Attend Host Religion: Occasionally
Food Restrictions: None
Live With Diff Host Religion: Yes
English Level: 7
GPA: A
Program Start: January 2014
Program Length: Half Year

ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
• Listening to music
• Swimming
• Reading
• Weight training

INTERVIEWER COMMENTS
Tim is an athletic boy, who likes to work out in the gym and take care of his health. He is generally interested in sports and would like to get to know news sports, like e.g. American football. Tim likes to spend time with his friends, going to the movies or swimming. He is also very interested in economic and history, those are his favorite subjects. Tim is a helpful boy,who takes over household chores. He is outgoing, talkative and thus will most probably easily find new friends and fit into a new family.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m open for new things and interested to learn new things. I am looking forward to going to school in the USA and become a member of a sports team. I would like to see some nature in the US, maybe something special near my host family.

If you’re interested in opening your home this holiday season, fill out the form to be contacted for more information:

Celebrating International Education Week 2013!

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International Education Week is being celebrated this year from November 11 through the 22nd.  According to the US Department of State, International Education Week is “a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.”

As a State-Department sponsored foreign exchange organization, EF Foundation for Foreign Study helps brings over 2,000 students a year to the United States from all over the world.  We are the leader in high school exchange and international education.  This is a great time to think about bringing a student into your family and bringing this initiative to your home and community!