LTCC seeks host families
Host families are needed immediately for the Youth for Understanding Homestay Programs. Lake Tahoe Community College will welcome foreign students from seven countries for the academic year 2001-2002 beginning Sept. 10. These young people will be attending classes as part of the LTCC new international education programs.
The students have been selected for their high academic standing at their home institutions and for their fluency in English and will be enrolled in a regular schedule of courses for the coming academic year. The program gives these young people a chance to experience both the American way of life – Tahoe style – as well as providing important first-hand experience with the U.S. educational system. The students were selected from thousands who applied for these unique opportunities to study outside their homelands.
The sponsoring foundation, Youth for Understanding, an international nonprofit institution founded in 1951, has hosted thousands of high school students since the inception of the program.
Lake Tahoe Community College placed most of the students but a few host families are still needed. 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 to a youngster and the resources and space that will provide the student with enough space and support to adjust to what is really an evolving change and learning process.
There are four basic ways people can help: 1. Provide a temporary welcoming home on the arrival of these students. 2. Provide a home for half the school year. 3. Provide a home for the entire school year 4. Provide a temporary home in the event the host parents have an emergency or the family goes out of the U.S. on vacation.
Each students comes with an allowance to cover miscellaneous expenses, transportation and personal costs. The college absorbs tuition costs and the YFU Foundation covers all processing and air transport costs. The student’s family, the foundation and the college provide health and liability insurance. Host families are provided a symbolic stipend of $100 per month to defray a portion of the costs of hosting the student.
For more information call Dr. Dounald Thomas at the Lake Tahoe Community College International Education Office (530) 541-4660, Ext. 370 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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