An international switch

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By The Staff

EF Foundation is an agency excited about placing foreign exchange students in American homes, including here in Spencer County. This school year, the foundation placed two students at Spencer County High School.


Pictured above on the far right is Thibault, pronounced T-bo. He arrived from Switzerland last August, and was met at the airport by Joe and Kim Snyder. He has experienced a great year so far at school as a senior and as a valued member of the soccer team. He has experienced the United States through the eyes of his American parents.
Thibault said, “To live a whole year far from home and friends is something unique and amazing. I learned English, but especially I learned about Americans and how they live. My host family made me feel at home and now they are my second family. I couldn’t have had a better family, and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me.”
Katharina, pictured below in the center, also arrived in Spencer County last August, from Austria, and was placed in the Mantooth family. Kelly, Matt and their two sons, Matt and Luke, have been sharing their lives with her the past three months. As well as carrying a full load of subjects as a junior, she has participated in some art classes, and has even won a regional art award. Kelly said, “We have been very blessed to have Katharina live with us.”
“I have really enjoyed my great host family, and my whole experience in America,”  Katharina said.
The EF Foundation’s purpose is cultural awareness. Many Spencer Countians have been introduced to Switzerland and Austria in a very close-up and personal way, according to EF Foundation local coordinator Sally Crespo.
Anyone interested in hosting an exchange student through the EF Foundation is encouraged to contact Crespo at 502-477-1972 or call the foundation at 1-800-44-SHARE. Students from more than 25 countries are looking for host families.