Host families needed |

Host families needed

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is seeking South Lake Tahoe host families for foreign high-school students.

The students range in age from 15 to 18, are English-speaking, have their own spending money and carry accident and health insurance, said John Doty, executive director for the program.

Families can choose students staying for a semester to a full academic year while the students attend high school.

Representatives from PIE meet with potential host families to find common interests and lifestyles with a student of their choice, Doty said. Childless couples, retired couples, large families or single parents can apply.

Families who host for PIE are eligible to claim a $50 charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.

Students from Germany, the former Soviet Union, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Hungary, Korea, Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, Paraguay, Australia, Yugoslavia, China, Belgium, Vietnam and other countries are registered in the program, Doty said.

In addition, the agency has opportunities for American high-school students to travel and study.

PIE is designated by the United States Department of State and is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel.

Interested families should call 1-800-631-1818.

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