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Host Families Needed for International Students

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Olney Central College needs three host families to open their homes and their hearts to an international student arriving this August. Students in need of host families are Clarisse, from Belgium, and Min Sook, from South Korea, who are participating in the Youth for Understanding (YFU) program and Mathias, from Germany, who is participating in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX).

Clarisse, 17, says she can’t wait to come to the United States. Although her long-term goal is to become a film director, Clarisse is interested in many subjects. During her stay, she wants to take all of the classes she possibly can, participate in the community and perfect her English.

Clarisse enjoys being active. She loves to go climbing and bike riding and likes to practice boxing. In her spare time, she also likes to read, to draw and to play board games with her family. Clarisse says her friends would describe her as outgoing, lively and witty.

Min Sook, 19, is talkative and optimistic and says her friends would call her the outgoing one. She is interested in seeing how the American educational environment differs from South Korea’s and wants to make lasting relationships during her time in the U.S.

During her year abroad, she would love to attend a music festival or big concert as she enjoys listening to music.

Min Sook also likes to keep busy and has a very full schedule with classes, homework, friends and a weekend job. She also enjoys spending time with her family.

Min Sook has traveled out of the country before on vacation and on a volunteer trip, but would really like to have a travel experience in the U.S. so enjoyable that she can call another place home.

Mathias, 22, chose America as his exchange country because he is very interested in American history, the various landscapes of America, the different people living here and American colleges.

He finished an apprenticeship with a bank in 2012 and worked for another six months before deciding to return to school. He is currently employed in the human resources department at a large insurance company.

Mathias’ family is very important to him and they spend a lot of time together.

He enjoys sports and has been playing basketball in a club since he was 14. He is looking forward to watching an NBA game.

During his free time, Mathias enjoys going out with friends, watching movies and reading books. He also is interested in playing guitar and is leading a confirmation group in his parish.

Mathias describes himself as honest and reliable. He loves to travel and in Summer 2012, he participated in a language course in San Francisco, where he lived with two other students in a host family.

Mathias describes himself as open to new experiences, adaptable and inquisitive. While in the U.S., he wants to learn about the nation’s culture and traditions.

He believes an exchange year abroad is a great chance for him and his host family to learn about different cultures, to gain new experiences and broaden their minds.

During his stay, Mathias hopes to improve his English, meet new people, get to know how an American family lives and become a member of the family.

Upon arrival, the students will live with host families within reasonable commuting distance of the college.

Transportation to and from the college is provided. Students will take part in all aspects of college life, from attending classes to joining sports and club activities, but most importantly, they become a part of your family.

All kinds of families have hosted students in the past: married couples with or without children, single parents, singles without children, as well as families with teenagers.

Your family provides room, board, love, guidance and the experience of what everyday life is like in America.

To learn more about hosting a student attending OCC, contact Tina Pierce at 618-395-7777, ext. 2024.International Students Photo

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