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Hosts needed for Japanese, Hungarian students

Lake Tahoe Community College is still looking for host families for two of the four international students who will be coming to the campus in September.

LTCC was selected as one of 20 community colleges nationwide to participate in an exchange program called Youth for Understanding. YFU is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting respect for cultural diversity. Students take part in all aspects of college life, from attending a wide assortment of classes, joining sports and club activities to participating in cultural enrichment activities with the program’s campus coordinator.

Host families provide room, board, guidance, and the experience of what everyday life is like in America. In exchange, host families get the opportunity to learn about another culture from the comfort of their own home. The two students still needing host families are Sayaka Araki of Japan and Balazs Zatik of Hungary.

Araki is a high school graduate from the sub-tropical island Okinawa. She spent the school year 2002-03 as a YFU high school exchange student in the U.S. and is excited to come back to study theater arts and psychology. She is a big fan of musicals and performing arts and has participated in school activities where she played the piano and guitar, sang and danced.

“The system of U.S. colleges has fascinated me so much. I have heard about the liberal arts system that means a student in the U.S. doesn’t have to choose his or her major and can change the decision afterward,” Sayaka said.

Zatik will be graduating from high school this summer. His favorite school subjects are foreign languages, literature and history. He enjoys many activities such as horseback riding, skiing and swimming. Before pursuing a career in law, he wants to experience American culture and strengthen his English skills.

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“In my opinion this big adventure could be a good chance to know another country, to make new relationships, to learn new things and to experience the American life,” Zatik said.

The students are selected for their high academic standing and fluency in English. They come to experience both the American way of life as well as the educational system. To learn more about hosting a YFU student attending LTCC this fall, call Melonie Guttry, international education program coordinator, at (530) 541-4660, Ext. 370.