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Host families needed for exchange students

  • Written by Valley View Staff

A few years ago our wonderful community was selected to host a group of Chinese exchange students.  Many of you opened up your hearts and your homes to these children, providing them and you with a rewarding experience. It was exciting to see their smiling faces throughout our community as they laughed, learned and explored while creating lasting memories. In fact a picture from our local paper still hangs in the Shanghai office to remind them of their trip to our town.

We have once again been chosen by the Educational Homestay Program, to host two Chinese exchange students groups and one Spanish exchange student group, and we are honored to be a part of this cultural exchange program.

Our small town atmosphere provides an amazing environment for these children to visit, learn and see first-hand how gracious and giving the American heart and spirit can be.

We are seeking host families to be a part of this life changing experience.  What a unique opportunity to create a lifelong friendship and memories, in addition to being a part of a culture exchange.

These children will be visiting our community during the month of July for 2, 3 or 4 weeks depending on the group.  The Chinese groups will be partaking in educational learning and excursions during the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the Spanish group will be immersed with the host family and their day-to-day culture.

Please be a part of this wonderful experience and open up your home to a child who needs you.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a host family, please contact us for more information.

These children are excited to meet their host families. Questions/contact information below:

Two-week Chinese group, please contact Pam Tietje at (425) 864-7156, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Three-week Chinese group, please contact Stacy Stead at (425) 766-2595, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Four-week Spanish immersion group, please contact Cindy Massey at (206) 755-7373, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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