Host fam­i­lies wanted for ex­change stu­dents

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Want to share your home with an ex­change stu­dent?

The Cen­ter for Cul­tural In­ter­change is in need of host fam­i­lies for the 2011-12 school year.

The non-profit each year pro­vides more than 1,000 ex­change stu­dents from around the world the chance to study in Amer­i­can schools.

“Host fam­i­lies make all of the dif­fer­ence,” said Al­li­son Graham, Outreach and Train­ing man­ager, in a re­lease. “They in­flu­ence a young adult’s life; chang­ing world views and mak­ing dreams come true.”

Vol­un­teer host fam­i­lies come from var­ied eco­nomic, re­li­gious and racial back­grounds and in­clude work­ing par­ents, empty nesters, sin­gles and sin­gle par­ents. They are to pro­vide

• Open com­mu­ni­ca­tion, en­cour­age­ment, pa­tience and ad­vice

• A sep­a­rate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sib­ling of sim­i­lar age and same gen- der and a quiet place to study • Three daily meals • Lo­cal trans­porta­tion (stu­dents are not per­mit­ted to drive while in the pro­gram)

• Treat­ment as a mem­ber of the fam­ily, which may in­clude house­hold rules, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and priv­i­leges

While host fam­i­lies are not com­pen­sated, the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice has au­tho­rized fam­i­lies to claim a $50 per month char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tion de­duc­tion on their item­ized tax re­turns.

Stu­dents have their own ac­ci­dent and health in­surance and bring their own spend­ing money. Stu­dents are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in school-spon­sored ac­tiv­i­ties, com­mu­nity ser­vice and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams. CCI pro­vides reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sup­port to both host fam­i­lies and stu­dents. Host fam­ily ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing ac­cepted through Aug. 15.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://www.cciex­change. com/ us­pro­grams/host.aspx, email ayp@cci-ex­

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