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Host families sought for exchange

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Host families for foreign exchange students are currently being sought.

None have private school money. Those interested should contact Jim Powers, local coordinator, Council on International Educational Exchange, at 256-653-1066 or email jim.powers53@yahoo.com.

“I am currently looking for caring families in Madison County, Ala., and surrounding counties to host a high school exchange student from another country for the upcoming school year,” said Powers.

CIEE host families accept a student into their home as a “son or daughter” for one or two semesters. They provide a bed and room (students can share a room with a host sibling of the same gender within four years age difference) and a place to study. They share three meals a day or if the student chooses to purchase school lunches, it is their responsibility.

Host families receive local and regional support 24/7 for any needs and there is also a 24-hour emergency hotline. The host family may claim $50 deduction on their federal income taxes.

CIEE students are ages 15-18 (grades 10-12); come from 55 different countries, have been thoroughly screened, speak English, have their own spending money and have health insurance.

For more information about becoming a host family, go to http://www.ciee.org/highschool/host-families/benefits.html. There will be an online application here, which is the first step in the approval process.