CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EF High School Exchange Year has launched a search for host families across the US as part of its annual efforts to welcome international exchange students into communities across the United States. Last year EF connected nearly 3,000 exchange students from around the world with caring host families across the country, and they are expecting the same number for 2015-16.
According to Stephanie Brown, an International Exchange Coordinator who helps find homes for EF exchange students in Rainbow City, Alabama, host families come in all shapes and sizes.
"I encourage all kinds of families to host exchange students," said Brown. "My host families really represent the diversity of American culture, coming from many different economic, religious and social backgrounds. Some are parents looking to give their own children a glimpse of the world without having to travel themselves. Others have no children or their children have grown up and moved out, and they're looking for new ways to connect to their communities."
All EF exchange students are between 15 and 18 years old, coming from one of 13 countries across Europe and Asia. Students live in the U.S. for one or two semesters and attend the local high school.
"Every exchange student we've welcomed into our home is now like a member of the family," said Dawn Brasch, whose family is currently hosting Martin from Sweden. "It's such a wonderful experience for everyone—our family, the exchange students, our local high school, and really the whole community."
EF High School Exchange Year is a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education. The organization brings more students to the U.S. each year than any other high school exchange program, and since 1979 it has connected more than 100,000 international students with host families across the U.S.
"Hosting an international student is a truly life-changing experience, and we're excited to find wonderful new host families all across the country," said Dan Sodervall, president of EF High School Exchange Year.
Families interested in learning more about hosting an exchange student can contact EF at 1-800-447-4273 or visit efexchangeyear.org for more information.
EF High School Exchange Year is designated by the U.S. State Department as an Exchange Program Sponsor.
Katie Sullivan, EF High School Exchange Year, [email protected], 617-619-1653
SOURCE EF Education First