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2014-11-27

Consider hosting an exchange student

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CCI Greenheart, a non-profit student exchange organization, seeks volunteer families to host exchange students for the 2015 spring semester, mid January-June. Each year, CCI Greenheart provides over 800 exchange students from over 60 countries the opportunity to study in local public high schools for a five-month semester or a 10-month Academic High School Year.
"Host families make all of the difference," said Allison Graham, Outreach and Training Manager. "They influence a young adult's life, changing world views, and making dreams come true. When the family is so willing to give, they have just as many rewarding and enriching experiences as the student."
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 sound advice
• A separate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender, and a quiet place to study
• Three daily meals
• Local transportation (students are not permitted to drive while on 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 Greenheart provides regular communication and support to both host families and students. Host family applications are being accepted now. Apply early to have first choice of exchange students as they sign up.
For more information visit http://www.ccigreenheart.org/usprograms/host.aspx and contact your local coordinator, Stephanie Stone Perry, email earthenlearner@gmail.com or call 830-285-3446.