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Short-term host families needed to help fund soccer trip

By Judy Reed


If you’ve been thinking about hosting an exchange student, and would like to try it out on a short-term basis (four weeks), this summer might be the time to try it. If you do, you will not only get to help a teen from another culture, you will also be helping some members of the Cedar Springs boys soccer team fund a trip to Brazil.

According to the Red Hawk boys soccer coach Kyle Avink, he and JV coach Josh Hause are taking the three Varsity captains, Robert Klein, Aaron Dault, and Trevor Rose, who will be seniors next year, to Niteroi, Brazil. They are leaving on June 15, and they will stay for two weeks. While there they will train for 30 hours per week with a semi-professional soccer club, attend a game, and do some sightseeing.

“Every year I take the captains somewhere for leadership training,” explained Avink. “This year I wanted it to be big, because this is the first group I’ve had all four years. I joked about taking them to Brazil, and somehow it worked out.”

Avink hopes that the boys will bring back something they can share with the whole team about what they’ve learned—whether it’s another way of playing or something else. He also said that in the future he’d like to take all the seniors.

Avink partnered with the Counsel for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA), who is looking for host families for a four-week commitment during July 21-August 18.  For every Cedar Springs area family that hosts an exchange student during that time, CETUSA will fund the soccer trip $200. “We are looking for a bout 25 host families,” said Avink. “We want to keep costs down as much as possible.”

They are also looking at doing some other fundraising also, such as a 50/50 raffle at the girls soccer game on May 21, a popcorn drive, and other things. But they will also accept direct donations.

If you are interested in hosting an exchange student to help the soccer team, or would like to make a direct donation, you can contact Coach Avink at kyleavink@gmail.com.

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Volunteer hosts needed for exchange students

CASE Exchange Student Programs would like to invite you to meet a very special person in 2012! Families in school districts across Michigan are invited to offer their hospitality to a high school age exchange student for the upcoming school year starting in late August.

According to Joann Cooper, the Program’s County Coordinator, families that volunteer early have the opportunity to begin communication with their student before arrival. This early bonding makes it easier for everyone to handle cultural obstacles once the student arrives. “Most of the students feel like they know their host families even before they arrive and are immediately ready to become a participating member of their new host homes – pitching in on everything from household chores to family discussions,” says Cooper.

In particular, the exchange program is seeking a host family for a 16-year-old girl from Vietnam and a 15- year-old boy from Spain. Both students have full medical insurance, pocket money for their personal needs & have expressed a true desire to learn about our American culture from the inside – while living with an American family. “Just imagine homecoming, sporting events, or even that first school bus ride as seen through the eyes of a foreign exchange student.”

Hosts provide room, board and a once in a lifetime opportunity for some lucky foreign teen to live and study in America for a school year. Host families with small or grown children, or no children at all, are eligible to host. A return exchange is not necessary

CASE is a non-profit organization, designated by the US State Dept and maintains full listing in the CSIET Advisory book. For more information call toll free 1 (877) 417-9675 and ask for Joann Cooper, or e-mail: joanncooper48@yahoo.com .

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Host an exchange student!

World Heritage Student Exchange program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, German, Thailand, China, Russia, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Denmark, Italy, and more!
Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to apply. You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.
Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.
Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people and possibly even future political leaders! Share your corner of America by helping a foreign teen experience life in your area!
Fore more information call us at 1 (800) 888-9040 or email us at info@world-heritage.org

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