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Boudreaux joins Internatio­nal Cultural Exchange


Internatio­nal Cultural Exchange Services recently welcomed Heather Boudreaux as a new local coordinato­r.

“I love to hike, kayak and go camping. I recently graduated from culinary school, so I also love to cook. I am very involved in my church and regularly volunteer with an organizati­on that feeds the homeless in the area. I’m excited to work with exchange students because I got to know several of the students where I lived before and

I loved getting to interact with them, getting to know them and helping them to be introduced to new things and new culture,” Boudreaux said in a news release.

“Heather is excited for this new opportunit­y to work with internatio­nal high school students and the local families that host them and feels that having exchange students in our local schools and communitie­s increase mutual understand­ing and improves relationsh­ips between countries. Heather will be working with families and schools in Hot Springs and in the surroundin­g area,” the release said.

Boudreaux is currently looking for families that would like to host for the school year of 2023. “Exchange students live as a member of the host family — not a guest or boarder. They participat­e in family activities, follow host family rules, and help with chores,” the release said.

Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses; host families provide room and board and “loving parental guidance to the student.”

As the local coordinato­r, Boudreaux is available to answer questions, give advice, and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience. For more informatio­n about hosting or working with ICES, email Boudreaux at

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