Local host families needed for students

From staff and wire reports

July 29, 2011 at 8:48 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

The students are all between the ages of 15 and 18 years, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and want to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. Pacific Intercultural Exchange currently has programs to match almost every family's needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools.


"At this critical time in our country's history, hosting an international teen is the best and purest form of public diplomacy the United States has," said Pacific Intercultural Exchange President, John Doty.


P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match.  As there are no "typical" host families, P.I.E. can fit a student into just about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family.


Families who host for P.I.E. are also eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.


P.I.E. is a non-profit educational organization that has sponsored more than 25,000 students from 45 countries since its founding in 1975. The organization is designated by the United States Department of State and is listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), certifying that the organization complies with the standards set forth in CSIET's Standards for International Educational Travel Programs. Families interested in learning more about student exchange may call P.I.E. toll-free at 1(866)546-1402.




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