Hosts Sought for Foreign Exchange

Families in Alameda can broaden their knowledge of other cultures through hosting a student from Spain this summer. Help build world understanding through sharing of culture, language, values and lifestyle with these young people.

The students will be in America for a four-week stay from Friday, June 29, through Friday, July 27. They will need host families who can provide a bed, some storage space and meals for one student each. The program will provide a stipend to help cover student meals. Of the students enrolled this year, six still need host families. Efforts will be made to place students based on age, gender and interests. The students will be ages 14 to 17, speak English and want to experience life in American homes. Knowledge of the Spanish language and prior experience with an exchange program are not required for host families.

Host families will gather at an orientation prior to the students’ arrival and will also participate in welcome and going-away parties. Several weekday excursions and activities including Oakland A’s games, Great America and more are planned and prepaid by the students. Family members may join the excursions at discounted group rates. Weekends are reserved for host family events.

Many of the students’ expenses are covered, including: transportation, spending money, telephone calling card and full insurance.

To find out more, contact Jan Garcia, EMY program coordinator, at garciapuccini@aol.com or 749-7061.