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Host families needed for 2017-18 LWC International Students
They will be arriving on campus in July and August. Click on headline for capsule comments on the experiences of a few hosts - Janet Novielli & family, George Payne & family, Carri Peterson & family, and Misti Konsavage & family
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By Sabine Eastham
Director of International Student Programs Lindsey Wilson College
Yes - summer break!! Usually a sign of relief and anticipation of good times to come - have you ever wondered what international students are doing during the long American summer break?
Most of them share the relief and anticipation of good times to come, they get to fly home, and/ or have the opportunity to travel extensively. Others will stay on campus; financial reasons, the need or wish to take additional classes, completing program requirements like an Internship, athletic training requirements, on campus employment and the wish to volunteer for programs like "Upward Bound" - for some it is a little bit of all.
Some are very fortunate and are welcomed on family vacations with their host parents, some will get to house -sit and all of them have the opportunity to participate in numerous trips the International Student Programs is offering throughout the summer. We currently have about 18 students that are on campus. That can be adventurous as well - some experience their first employment and the responsibilities that come with it, together with being more on "their own" than during the academic year.
New international students will be flying in between the end of July and August. We are always looking for new host families that would be willing to invest a little bit of their time to get to know those lovely young individuals. Students will live on campus but would like to get to know you and your families. Who best but existing host parents can share what it means to be a host parent:
Janet Novielli and family, who have been hosting students since 2002: "we have lost count of how many we have had...we had some "official" ones and some who just tagged along, having formed relationships with our students, or had host parents that were not as involved. We have had students from England, Ireland, France, Uruguay, Venezuela, Kenya (one of our favorite countries), Australia, Bahamas, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Jamaica, Timor, and the Dominican Republic. One of the students that adopted us one year....became our student the next year....It was our 2/3 year and he broke the ice...He called us mom and dad....Amazing how things work!"We invite you to join this movement:
Play a big part in introducing international students to American life! Share local and family traditions with an international student and 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.
For more information, please contact Sabine Eastham at easthams@Lindsey.edu or 270-384-8236.
This story was posted on 2017-06-24 06:03:40
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