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Host families sought for visiting students

Lake Tahoe Community College needs volunteer host families for visiting students.

Selected by the Youth for Understanding Foundation as one of 20 community colleges in the United States, LTCC is set to host seven young men and women from Russia, Holland, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Japan for the academic year 2001-02.

The students selected maintained high academic standings at their home institutions and demonstrated fluency in English.

They will enroll in a regular schedule of courses for the coming academic year and will attend classes as part of the college’s new international education program.

Scheduled to arrive at South Shore September 10, students will arrive with an allowance from home to cover miscellaneous expenses, transportation and other personal costs. The college absorbs the tuition costs and the Youth for Understanding Foundation covers all processing and air transport costs.

The student’s family, the foundation and the community college pay for health and liability insurance.

Host families are provided a symbolic stipend of $100 per month to defray a portion of the costs of hosting a student.

The college is seeking host families with a desire to share family life and the hospitality of the area with these young scholars. The primary criteria are an interest in sharing cross-cultural experiences with a young person from another country, a willingness and the patience to share and explain aspects of the American way of living and the resources and space that will provide the student with enough space and support to adjust to an evolving change.

According to Dounald Thomas, director of International Education at the college, there are four basic ways South Shore residents may help.

n Provide a temporary welcoming home upon a student’s arrival.

n Provide a home for a student for half the school year.

n Provide a home for a student for the entire school year.

n Provide a temporary home in the event the host parents have an emergency or, as will happen in one case, the family goes out of the country on vacation.

Anyone interested in hosting an exchange student may contact Thomas at (530) 541-4660, ext. 370 or via e-mail at

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