Families needed to host exchange students

Local families are needed to host exchange students for the upcoming school year.

“Hosting an exchange student not only is an opportunity to share what you most love about the U.S., it helps you to see the U.S. through fresh eyes,” said Cogan Station resident, Ann Swift.

Swift invites local families to host an exchange student sponsored by Program of Academic Exchange (PAX).

PAX students, from 70 European, South American, Asian or African countries, are eager to experience American activities – backyard barbecues, birthday celebrations and holidays – and to share their country and culture with their host families.

They arrive to the U.S. for the upcoming school year in August and are 15 to 18 years old, have studied English for three years and are motivated to learn more about the U.S. by attending high school and living with a host family. They are covered by comprehensive medical insurance and have their own spending money.

Volunteer host families provide PAX students with a warm and supportive home environment, a seat at the family dinner table, a bed, a quiet place to study and encouragement to engage in everyday American life.

All types of families – single parents, young couples, retirees and parents with teenagers – are welcome to host a student.

Founded in 1990, PAX is a non-profit educational organization and is a U.S. Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program’s chosen to participate in its U.S. government-sponsored FLEX, YES and A-SMYLE programs.

Each year, more than 1,100 teenagers visit the U.S. as PAX exchange students.

For more information, call Swift at 772-7012 or visit www.pax.org.