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LWC seeks host families for college's International students

By Duane Bonifer

COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College's Sabine Eastham wants area families to help make ripples during the 2015-16 school year.

Eastham, who is the college's director of international student programs, is looking for area families participate in LWC's "International Friendship Program" and serve as host families for LWC's international students during 2015-16.

The liberal arts college expects to enroll about 100 international students from more than 36 countries when the 2015-16 school year gets underway in mid-August. The "International Friendship Program" matches international students with area families who are willing to host the students during the school year.

"It's about about encouraging families in the region to become part of the international friendship program by becoming host families," Eastham said. "It would be wonderful to find a host family for each international student and show our international students a small slice of American life."

Eastham said that area host families have a "ripple effect" on international students' lives by affecting how they experience American culture.

"When area families get involved with our international students, they become part of a ripple effect," she said. "They play a big part in introducing international students to American life. Sharing local and family traditions with international students will help them understand what America is all about. They are young, they are here in Columbia, and they are eager to learn about American life beyond the college campus."

Eastham said that becoming a host family also "means you will bring another culture into your home, open your own children's eyes to the wider world and feel a sense of pride in sharing your traditions."

Host families do not house international students. Rather they agree to have regular contact with the students throughout the school year, Eastham said.

"It usually involves having them to your house a few times a year for a meal or special event and checking in on them periodically to make sure they are adjusting to American life," she said. "When our college's international students return to their home country, they will tell their family all about America and what they have found here in Columbia with their host family."

For more information about LWC's international student host family program, contact Sabine Eastham at or 270-384-8236.

This story was posted on 2015-06-10 02:52:18
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