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Host families needed for Rotary exchange students

The Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club will host an international exchange student for the 2007-2008 school year. The student will arrive in late August to begin a ten-month exchange sponsored by Rotary International. The Club is looking for families in the Charlotte, Shelburne or Hinesburg area, eager to share their homes with the student during his or her year in Vermont. The student, whose name, gender and nationality are not yet known, will attend Champlain Valley Union High School as a junior or senior. Past students have come from Brazil, Germany, France, Ecuador, Venezuela and the Republic of Korea. Hosting a student can be as rewarding as being one. Host families give a student much more than just a place to sleep and eat. They provide all the parental support and guidance that teenagers need. Rotary expects the student to adapt to the lifestyle of the host family and to be treated as one of their own children, not as a guest or visitor. Rotary prefers to place students with two or three host families during the exchange year. Having multiple host families not only reduces the time commitment a family has to make, but most importantly, gives the student a broader view of our culture, makes multiple friendships, and profoundly enriches the exchange experience. Host families need not have teenage children at home. Previous hosts have ranged from young parents with preschool children to older empty nest families. If you think you might be interested but would like to know a little more about the program, contact Jim Spadaccini at 985-3830 or by email at jaspad2@comcast.net. He can give you more details and even connect you with some of the past host families in our area.

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