The world loves Bridgetown

Not enough home­s­tay par­ents for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ELYSE WHITMAN THE SPEC­TA­TOR

Through the Nova Sco­tia In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Pro­gram, stu­dents from all across the world are ea­ger to leave their coun­try and study abroad at Bridgetown Re­gional Com­mu­nity School.

Like­wise, BRCS is ea­ger to take them in. The prob­lem? There’s just nowhere to put them.

The Lim­it­ing Fac­tor

“We’re in des­per­ate need of home­s­tays,” says se­nior high science teacher Cyn­thia Mac­don­ald. Mac­don­ald has been af­fil­i­ated with the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents Club at BRCS for about six years, but only re­cently be­came a home­s­tay co-or­di­na­tor.

In the 2017/2018 school year, BRCS wel­comed 11 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, but could have wel­comed more. Ac­cord­ing to Mac­don­ald, the Bridgetown pro­gram takes in as many stu­dents as they have homes for.

ELYSE WHITMAN

Bridgetown Re­gional Com­mu­nity School se­nior high science teacher Cyn­thia Mac­don­ald (back, sec­ond from right) is also the home­s­tay co-or­di­na­tor for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and is seen here with young­sters from around the world. There is no short­age of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, but the pro­gram needs more home­s­tay par­ents to host them in the Bridgetown area.

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