Elburn families invited to host foreign exchange students

By on June 9, 2012

ELBURN—What better way to learn about another country than to host a student from Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Brazil or even Australia. These students are coming here to attend local your high school and integrate themselves into your family and community. They are ambassadors for their countries and will teach you about their cultures and customs. Host families provide a caring and supportive atmosphere while the students themselves are expected to behave with maturity and respect throughout the program.

The students will be here for 10 months, from August to May. The STS program is an academic program, and therefore all students must maintain strict academic standards set by STS Foundation. Students will have their own spending money and insurance. Every family will have a local STS Coordinator that will be there to answer questions and maintain regular contact with the student, family and school throughout the program.

Here are a couple of STS students:

Ida is 15, and comes from Denmark. Her dad is an engineering consultant and her mom is a technology manager. Her main interests are choir, reading, writing short stories and church activities. Ida sings in the Children’s Choir of the Royal Danish Academy of music every Monday. She loves singing and was even on TV when her choir sang for the Queen’s birthday. She attends church every Sunday and has afterschool classes to discuss the Christian faith.

Ida is an A student and would like to study anthropology at a university and do some travelling. Her mom describes her as being a conscientious and hard working teenager. Ida has seen a lot about the USA on TV, and she now wants to be able to see what it is really like. She would love to be part of your family for 10 months.

Marie is 16, and comes from Germany. Her mom is a teacher and her dad is a forwarding agent. Marie has a 12 year old sister named Charlotte and 2 foster brothers aged 9 and 14. Her town of Bad Sooden-Allendorf is famous as a spa destination and has a history of producing and selling salt. Marie is an active Christian and would like to attend church with her host family. Her main hobbies are swimming, girl scouts, singing in a choir, running, books, playing the guitar and reading. Her favorite subjects in school are history and English. She sings in the school choir. Marie has been a scout for 8 years and a group leader for 2 years. Her group consists of 8 boys aged between 12 and 14. She helps set up the nativity scene at her church each year. Marie works part time at the local library. She also belongs to a swimming club where she trains younger members. She would love to join a swim team during her year in the USA. Consider Marie to be part of your family for the 2012-13 school year.

If you feel that your family might be interested in finding out more information about our students call Mary Ann at (815) 399-7419 or email info@stsfoundation.org.