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Host families needed this summer to welcome 17 international students

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.
Hosts welcome Chinese students in 2012. Photo credit: EF Educational Homestay Programs.

By Virginia Mackay, EF Educational Homestay Program coordinator.

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

This non-profit program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their culture – all without leaving home.

From July 14th to August 2th host families in our area will welcome 17 Chinese EHP students, ages 10 to 14 all eager to visit and experience the American way of life.

Our students will attend language and culture classes and enjoy planned activities during weekdays (9-5 Monday – Fridays) chaperoned by our staff. Host-siblings are welcome to join some activities too!

Weekends will be free for host families to enjoy activities with their students while building long lasting cross-cultural bonds.

Families also earn travel rewards and discounts through this program. Children of host families can earn community service credit and 24-hour support from EHP staff is available.

This is what families need to provide in order to share their life with an eager student from abroad this summer:

  • a room (shared is fine),
  • transportation to and from Park Ridge Chapel Monday thru Friday,  
  • an extra plate or two at the table,
  • and – most importantly – a stable caring environment.

Families will meet for orientation ahead of time, so sometimes shared transportation is possible. Our staff can also help place your student(s) at a different home for a day or two if necessary.

To get more information please contact Virginia Mackay at 206-851-1018 or mackaybo@comcast.net for details.

About Education First
For almost 50 years, Education First has helped millions of people become “citizens of the world” by breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography. Through cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training and degree programs, Education First is the world leader in international education.

For more information about Education First: www.efhomestay.org or www.ef.com/ehp.

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