High school exchange program needs hosts for foreign students

By on June 18, 2010

KANELAND—If you have room in your hearts and room in your home, the SHARE! High School Exchange Program, a nonprofit foundation, is seeking families in the Elburn area to host exchange students from more than 30 different countries during the upcoming school year.

The students will arrive in early August 2010 and will stay with the host family for one semester of the school year. They are in need of caring American families to provide a bed, meals, as well as friendship, understanding and a genuine desire to share the American way of life with a youngster from overseas. The exchange students, who are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, are covered by medical insurance, and have spending money for their personal expenses.

“It may seem early to be making plans for the next school year,” said Melisa Higgins, the local program coordinator for the SHARE! Program. “There are already students who are eagerly awaiting news of their host family so they can begin writing to them. Now is the best time to select an exchange student to ensure there will be a place in the local school.”

Families are able to review student applications and select the student they feel will best match their own interests.

For more information, call Melisa Higgins at (815) 557-3078 or the SHARE! Regional office at 1-800-715-3738.