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Host Families Needed
Submitted by Nikki Roudebush

FLAG imageFLAG, Foreign Links Around the Globe, is a Non-Profit student exchange placement organization. Students from across the globe come to the U.S. to spend one semester or academic year with an American host family. Goals for the program include cross cultural communication; increased awareness of cultural differences and similarities; understanding and appreciation for diversity; and individuals coming together as a family unit to learn and grow from one another.

Each student becomes a part of his or her family and community as he or she grows accustomed to the host family, school and life in America. Sharing daily life is one way students "give back"to their school peers and host families. Participating in community service activities, high school sports and activities are other ways students to learn about America and our culture. Hosting an exchange student is an amazing, life changing experience for young families, large families, small families and even a family of one.

FLAG is seeking American host families to host students who will be arriving in August. Host families take part in the selection of their student based on nationality, gender, age, hobbies, etc. If your family is ready to make a student's dream come true, please contact FLAG's Central Office or Nikki Roudebush, the Local Coordinator for York-Poquoson.

For more information, email hosting@flagintl. org or call FLAG's Central Office at 1-800-942- 3524 or Nikki Roudebush in Yorktown at (757)848- 8105/ nroudebush@flagintl. org. We have a local coordinator in your area ready to share more of the benefits of hosting with you.

FLAG also offers a $200 referral bonus. This bonus can be given to individuals who refer a family who hosts one of our amazing students.

Students come with their own spending money and health insurance. We ask that Host families provide 3 meals a day and a loving home and environment for the student. Their own bed, though they may share a room with another child of the same gender.

These are just a few of the students still waiting to be matched with their American host families:

Matty was born in England, but now lives in Scotland with his mum, sister and various sheep, horses and dogs. He says he likes to help on the farm but isn't as "mad" about the animals as his mum and sis. Basketball is his big passion and he hopes to play at a college level. Matty is also very interested in history and the civil rights movement. He is looking forward to the American Thanksgiving traditions and to sharing a wee bit of haggis with his American family.

Jamin, one of our German boys is a future physicist. He lives in Germany with a foster father who takes him to Romania on holidays. Jamin talks of his love of sharing gifts and food with the villagers in the small towns they visit. He's a quiet boy who likes reading, walking and animals. He also hopes to learn much about American culture - including our sports. He's particularly keen to have a chance to play American football.

Heloise from Belgium will be here only one semester. She speaks French and is learning English and Dutch. She loves to travel and hopes to become a journalist. She has been involved with the scouts since she was four and loves animals. Tennis, modern-dance and horse riding are all a part of her past - in America, she hopes to learn and try new sports.

Pedro from Brazil is a great guy who is wanting to live this experience so much. He likes sports and has won soccer championships. Pedro also plays the guitar. He likes to talk and be with people. Pedro wants to live an American life while in US and learn all he can about America. He is funny and very smart. He likes pets and has a dog back home.

Giulia is an Italian only child who enjoys photography with her SLR and trying new sports. She loves the mountains and skiing and hopes to become a ski instructor. She likes to cook and help around the house and looks forward to making great memories with her American family.

Tomoya from Japan is a sporty boy. He especially likes soccer, volleyball and swimming. In America he looks forward to participating in sports as well as volunteer activities. Tomo also mentions that he is excited to try American foods. In school, he likes earth science, geography and geometry the best.

 





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