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Host families needed for exchange students

A local Non Profit Exchange Program is inviting local Cedar Springs families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year. The teenage students come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have their own spending money and insurance. Host families are responsible for meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment. STS Foundation has a local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year. Here are a few of the incoming students that are requesting families:

Silvia is 16 and comes from Piedmont in Italy. She has an older brother Simonetta. Silvia lives with her parents. Her Dad is a technical employee at a textile plant and her Mom works at home. Silvia speaks Italian and French. She also enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, photography, listening to music, drawing and reading. She has guitar lessons twice a week. Silvia also loves animals and owns a parrot, 3 cats and a dog that sleeps with her. Silvia’s Dad writes that she is sociable and has lots of friends. Her English teacher says that she is a sweet and polite student who seems to love leering new languages. Her favorite subjects are biology, English and Latin literature. She is an A student.

Sevil is 17 and comes from Solingen in Germany. Her Dad is a manager and her Mom is a pharmacist. Sevil has a 3-year-old brother whom she loves very much. She loves languages and speaks English, German, Latin and Turkish. Her family is originally from Turkey. Sevil’s hobbies and interests include playing volleyball, cooking, meeting friends, playing the violin, musicals and watching movies. She is part of the drama group at school and really enjoys acting and participating in musicals. Her parents say that she is a polite and responsible teenager who loves to cook and will be a real asset to her new host family.

Sarah is 16 and comes from Onsala in Sweden. She has 2 sisters and a 5-year-old brother. Both of her parents are doctors. Sarah speaks English and German. Her favorite hobbies are rhythmic Sports Gymnastics, golfing, shopping, sailing and playing the piano. Her gymnastics team has won a lot of championships in Sweden. She trains 10 hours every week in this sport. Her teachers say that she is a focused and motivated student and always has a positive attitude in class.

STS has a number of other students from Europe, S. America and Asia to choose from.

For questions about these and other students, call or email Julia Colingsworth – 810-287-4151 – info@stsfoundation.org.

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