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Published on June 25th, 2015 | by AberdeenMagazine

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Open Your Home to Cultural Exchange

Organization searching for host families

If you’ve ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student, there is now a local representative who is eager to find the perfect match for your family. Forte International Exchange Association has employed Aberdeen’s Melissa Erlenbusch to place foreign students in area school districts for either a full academic year or a half-year.

Host families are some of the most important and generous volunteers, explains Erlenbusch, fostering cultural exchange between multiple countries. The high school students are considered among the brightest, having met strict criteria for selection, and they’re fully medically insured and self-funded for personal expenses.

This academic year, there were students from five countries hosted in the Aberdeen area through FIEA, and the association is eager to surpass that this coming year. If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact Erlenbusch at 605.460.1763 or by email at lmerlenbusch@midco.net.

Please visit their website for more information www.forteexchange.org.


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