Hosts sought for exchange students
March 24, 2006
2006 has been designated by the House and Senate as the “Year of Study Abroad.” Declaring that “educating students internationally is an important way to share the values of the United States, to create goodwill for the United States around the world, to work toward a peaceful global society, and to increase international trade,” Congress is encouraging American college students to study abroad, and for Americans everywhere to support them in doing so.
There is another way that ordinary citizens can help reach the goals of the Year of Study Abroad, however, and that is by hosting high school exchange students from foreign countries. Our own students benefit immensely from having these motivated and talented international visitors in their classrooms, gaining the “cultural competence” legislators have determined to be “necessary to meet the current demands of business, government, and educational institutions.”
Daunell Wulstein, an international exchange coordinator with the EF Foundation for Foreign Study, the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to cultural and educational exchange, said, “It has filled me with enormous pride to see our young people connect with their counterparts from countries as diverse as Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Slovakia, Austria and France. If you are interested in making an impact, not only on your own life but on countless others around the world, I encourage you to become involved with high school international exchange as a host family. It’s an experience that can truly change the world.”