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International Students find certain perks on campus in summer
By Sabine Eastham
Director of International Student Programs, LWC
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!"
George Payne and family: "We have been host parents for 2 years and had 5 students from Venezuela, Colombia, Spain, Paraguay and Switzerland. Being a host family is a very rewarding experience, you get to learn about their culture and also to sample some of their food".
Carri Peterson and family: "Being a host parent has changed the course of our family. To be able to love young people from Japan, South Korea, Senegal, Ireland, Botswana, Brazil and a number of other countries is a blessing. However- an even bigger blessing is to have my children look at a map, see a city in Japan, and associate it with a real person, not a stereotype. Even though we live in rural Kentucky, the world is coming to our door, giving us a comprehensive world view without leaving our home."
Misti Konsavage and family: "This was our first year as host parents. We have two students on the tennis team from Serbia and Bosnia. It has been a fantastic experience for our family! We have learned so much about their countries and customs. The students have become like family to us. Our kids love when they visit, and they are like big sisters to them. We love to cheer for them during tennis matches and rejoice when they get good grades. The experience has been even more than we hoped for!!!"
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 2017-07-12 07:23:37
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