A Message from Chelsea Dozier of Education Travel & Culture (ETC)
Dear Blessed Sacrament School,
There is currently a high school exchange student that is here through the end of the school year, but unfortunately, has a family that is unable to host him for the second semester. The family has had such a wonderful experience and want to spend the holidays with him. They are sad to have to give him up.
Jaime is a 16-year-old boy from Spain. He enjoys watching movies, listening to music and theater. He also enjoys table tennis, basketball and cycling and is willing to try new sports as well. He is currently attending Western Alamance School and we want to do everything we can to keep him there so he can keep his American friends and keep up with his current studies there. Jaime has been attending Lakeview Community Church with his host family and really enjoys it. He would really like the opportunity to attend a church with his new family.
Can you think of any families that may be willing to open their home to an amazing international student? Maybe you have friends or family that love teenagers, enjoy trying new recipes, are learning a new language, or would like to visit another country without leaving home. Would you help us by spreading the word through your contacts that we are in need of a family that lives in your district? You can help by speaking to your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family, posting on Facebook and including my contact information or simply by forwarding the below email to families and friends! OR maybe you will decide to open your own home to one of our students yourself. You could be the missing link to helping Jaime keep his experience great.
Exchange students enrich the lives of their host families, peers, teachers, and the entire community! As a host Mom to past students over the last 3 years, I can truly say that hosting is an amazing experience and an unforgettable time for the whole family. Most people walk away with a new member of the family, new traditions and menu ideas, great memories and a vacation invitation from abroad! We are planning for our German daughter and her family to come visit us next fall! One of my exchange students came to know the Lord during her time here and another went home to be baptized with her sister. So, it is an incredible ministry opportunity.
Our students bring their own spending money and insurance and totally integrate within the family; they are not a guest! You can expect them to do chores like American teenagers and they participate in all of your usual family activities. A member of your family will earn the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, just for hosting (looks great on college applications & resumes)!
Host family responsibilities:
- Ensure a safe and nurturing home environment for the student
- Provide students with a room (can be shared with a host sibling), his/her own bed, adequate storage, 3 meals per day, and transportation for extracurricular activities
- Give love and support to the student
- Explore cultural differences and similarities
- You do NOT have to have high school kids of your own- all types of families are accepted!! We hosted with a toddler and baby and it was AMAZING!
- Bring own spending money, health & liability insurance
- Have good English skills
- Are highly screened for suitability for the program
- Are excited to meet their American family!
Our Local Coordinators:
- Have received extensive training
- Meet with the students every month
- Often have international or hosting experience
- Provide ongoing support to the host family
You could be the key to connecting me with a family that is perfect for one of our students in need! Thank you for your help! Please find Jaime’s letters and profile attached.
Education Travel & Culture (ETC)
Assistant Field Manager
A Non-Profit Organization for Student Exchange