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Spencer County families can host exchange students

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By The Staff

Many locals may be unaware of an excellent opportunity to host a foreign exchange student, right here in Spencer County.
Sally Crespo has been a Spencer County coordinator for the Education First Foundation for Foreign Study for several years.
Before a student can be placed, they have been through an extensive application process, an interview with an EF staff member, a former EF student and a teacher, and have been required to write an essay in fifteen minutes explaining why they want to participate in the program.  This process gives coordinators and potential host families insight concerning students. 
Applications from potential exchange students begin appearing in January and peak in mid-March. When a student is accepted and a host family is matched with the student, contact information is shared so the family and student can begin communication.  
Exchange students will arrive one week before school starts, and will return to their home country one week after school ends. 
Hosts are required to be at least 25 years old, and do not have to be married or have children to volunteer.  The host family must provide the exchange student with his or her own bed and space in the home, a roof over their head and food.  Students provide their own necessities, school supplies and fees, clothing and spending money.
If you are interested in opening your home to a student from abroad, Crespo will be excited to explain more. 
Based on a family’s interests, Crespo can help choose a student that is a good fit for a home.  Host families also receive extensive support in the event any issue arises.
To learn more about the EF Foundation, visit www.effoundation.org or call 1-800-44-SHARE. To speak to local coordinator Sally Crespo call 502-477-1972.