Host families sought for Hinsdale High School District 86
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:12AM
Academic Year in America is looking for Hinsdale area families to play host to the world by welcoming an exchange student into their home for 4 to 6 weeks. This year, Academic Year is bringing hundreds of high school students age 15 to 18 1/2 to the United States. With the organization’s tailored matching system, families have the unique opportunity to find a student who will be the perfect fit for their household. Students come from more than 30 countries such as Germany, China, Brazil, and Italy and have a multitude of diverse talents and interests.
There are several key elements to the hosting experience. For five or 10 months, host families must provide their student with two meals a day and a place to sleep and study. Most importantly, they must welcome their student into their home as if they were a son or daughter. To help facilitate the exchange experience, host families will receive full support from an local coordinator located in their community. Academic Year American is a not-for-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to offer J-1 visas to international students. The group is sponsored by the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation, which was founded with the assistance of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
To learn more about hosting an exchange student, call Stella at (800) 322-4678, Ext. 5164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.academicyear.org.