International exchange students seeking Baldwin host families

BALDWIN — Students from around the world — including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand — are seeking host families in and around Baldwin for the upcoming 2014-15 academic school year.

The visiting students range in age from 15 to 18, and host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Host families serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

“Every year our region plays host to hundreds of talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” said Joseph Bissell, international EXPERIENCE: USA's Great Lakes regional director. “Michigan’s spirit of hospitality and focus on academic enrichment makes it an an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level.”

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and full health insurance coverage.

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

For more information, contact Michigan representative Emily Rolin at e.rolin@international-experience.net  or (269) 625-4662. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at iE-USA.org. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.