Host families sought for exchange students

Visiting students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Altamont for the upcoming 2014-15 academic school year.  Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for a student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and adheres to all United States Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his or her own spending money and full health insurance coverage.

To learn more, contact New York representative, Joe Bissell, by e-mail at j.bissell@international-experience.net or by phone at (518) 388-8948. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at iE-USA.org. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.

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