Bring the world to your doorstep by becoming a host family
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Lacey - An opportunity to broaden your
understanding of the world and have a great time doing it can be yours
this summer by volunteering to become a host family.
The Saint Martin’s College Office of
International Programs is seeking host families for students from
Taiwan, Japan and China who will be at the college for a variety of
cultural and learning experiences this summer.
Host families are needed for these dates:
Middle school and high school students
from Changhua, Taiwan. *
Business students from Shanghai Maritime
University’s Pudong Business Administration College, Shanghai,
Students from AIE (Academy of
International Education) High School, Kobe, Japan *
Students from Mukogawa University,
Students from Okazaki College, Nakamachi,
Students from Hyogo University, Yashiro,
* This program provides a stipend to
help host families cover expenses.
The college’s Office of International
Programs is welcoming students for a variety of cultural and learning
experiences. During their stay, students study English, learn about life
in the United States and visit sites of interest in the Puget Sound
Students from Pudong Business
Administration College, Shanghai, China, also will be studying
Western-style business practices through a cooperative program with
Saint Martin’s. As part of their experience, they will be visiting
businesses and talking with people representing large and small
businesses and government agencies. Ideally, host families for this
program will be drawn from people involved with business.
The highlight of an international
student’s visit is the Home Stay, a time when students live with an
American family and have an opportunity to experience American culture
and everyday life in a personal way. Most home-stay students prefer to
take part in simple daily activities and practice their English in
conversations with their host families, so the amount and type of
entertainment is up to the individual family, says Greg Westoby,
community liaison for the college’s office of international programs.
For families, it is an exciting and enjoyable opportunity to learn more
about another country, help promote cultural understanding and often,
build long-lasting friendships.
Families are asked to host a pair of
students. Host families:
- Provide a room for the students to share.
- Provide breakfast and supper each day.
- Drop students off at Saint Martin’s by 9 a.m. for classes and picking
them up shortly after 5 p.m. each weekday.
- Entertaining students for one set of the dates listed above.
- Attending a farewell dinner with their students.
To apply, prospective host families
complete a questionnaire from the college. To insure that students have
a positive and safe home-stay experience, all members of the household
over age 12 also must complete a simple background check. For more
information or to request a hosting packet, please contact Westoby at
For more information:
June 23, 2004 Greg Westoby
Community liaison, Office of International Programs
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