Fulfill a Holiday Wish by Becoming a Host Family

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for

academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring

organization needs a few more local host families. The students

are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. This is the

final push for the chance of these young ambassadors to fulfill

their life-long dreams.

According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.) President,

John Doty, 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 are anxious to share their

cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E.

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.

P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by

finding common interests and lifestyles through an informal 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.

For the upcoming programs, P.I.E. has students from Germany, the

Former Soviet Union, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary,

Korea, Mexico, Australia, China, and many other countries. P.I.E.

is also participating in two special government-funded programs

to bring scholarship students from the Newly Independent States

of the former Soviet Union as well as predominantly Islamic

countries such as Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq and

Qatar to the United States. 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.

Doty encourages families to contact the program immediately, as

it will allow the proper time for the students and hosts to get

to know one another before they actually meet for the first time.

Vermilion area families interested in learning more about

student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community

representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402. The

agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for

American high school students as well as possibilities for

community volunteers to assist and work with area host families,

students and schools.

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