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LTCC to host exchange students

How many languages do you speak? How would you handle it if you were dropped into a foreign culture for a year with no one else around who spoke your language or cooked your favorite foods or who dressed like you or…

Would you send your child to another country for a year? Would you trust your child’s well-being to another family for all that time? What would give you the peace of mind to allow your son or daughter to go to another country to study and live for a whole year?

Well, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are doing both as part of the growing need to speak multiple languages and to understand other cultures. The globalization of the economy is building interest and participation in international education programs around the world and Lake Tahoe Community College is an active participant in both the “inbound” and “outbound” parts of this movement.

Selected as one of 20 community colleges in the U.S., LTCC will be hosting seven young men and women from Russia, Holland, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Japan for the academic year 2001-2002. These young people will be attending classes as part of the college new international education programs.

These students, selected for their high academic standing at their home institutions and for their fluency in English, will be enrolled in a regular schedule of courses for the coming academic year. The program gives these young people chance to experience both the American way of life – Tahoe style -as well as providing important first-hand experience with the U.S. education system.

The sponsoring foundation, Youth for Understanding, an international nonprofit institution founded in 1951, has hosted literally thousands of high school students since the inception of its program. With the growth of importance of the community college system in California, YFU is now expanding into the undergraduate sector of U.S. higher education.

Arriving in South Lake Tahoe Sept. 10, the students are selected from thousands who applied for these unique opportunities to study outside their homelands. The importance of this opportunity is two-fold: On the one side, a foreign student learns about the U.S. first-hand, and on the other, the host family learns about another culture – and often has a chance to reflect on our own culture as well.

The college is seeking host families with a desire to share their family life and the unique hospitality of this 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 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/learning process.

If you or someone you know is interested in hosting an exchange student call the LTCC International Education Office or contact LTCC International Programs Director Dr. Dounald Thomas at (530) 541-4660, Ext. 370, e-mail him at or visit the Web site at

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