Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Host a foreign exchange student

Each year, Wood River High School welcomes AFS international high school students and sends an average of three students abroad for school and cultural exchanges. AFS Intercultural Programs welcomes more than 2,500 international high school students to the U.S. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in U.S. high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience, and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world.

Local AFS volunteers will support you and your hosted student throughout your experience to help you both receive the most from your time together. You provide a bed and meals for your student, but most importantly, you should be open to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support and comfort as you would to your own family members. AFS welcomes all kinds of families.

Host an AFS exchange student and build bridges of intercultural understanding. It's a gift you'll give and receive. Most families have no idea how much they'll gain until they say yes.

Contact Amy McGraw for more information ( or 578-5020, ext. 2226.

Amy McGraw

Blaine County

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