Students from Thailand, Spain and France to attend Canton, Potsdam schools
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 6:22 am

Students from Thailand, Spain and France will arrive in August to attend Canton and Potsdam schools.

Three local families will be hosting international students for the 2014-2015 school year through CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange.

Local Coordinators Tedra Cobb and Eileen Visser are still searching for more host families. Many students who have requested the Northeast are waiting for homes to welcome them.

“We match students who want to come to the U.S. to study with local families,” said Cobb. “Once we find a family, we meet and talk about the student and make plans for their arrival. Over the course of the school year, we give support to the student and family.”

Each year, students from more than 55 nations come to the U.S. to experience American culture as part of CIEE’s USA High School program. Students live as typical American teenagers, attending a U.S. high school, living with an American host family, and participating in extracurricular activities and sports. During their stay, students also give back to their host communities through volunteering and community service. The program provides life-changing cultural exchanges that help students, families, and schools gain new perspectives and develop lifelong relationships that cross borders and cultures.

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, with 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year.

More info is at www.ciee.org.

Those who might be interested in hosting an international exchange student may contact CIEE Local Coordinator Cobb at 854-2125, or visit ciee.org/highschool to learn more.