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EF High School Exchange Seeking Host Families

By Staff | Jul 4, 2017

If you’ve ever considered hosting a student from another country, Kim Hutchison of Mallard would like to talk to you.

As area coordinator for EF High School Exchange Year, Hutchison places high school-aged students with host families in the area to experience life with an American family.

The Emmetsburg, West Bend-Mallard, Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire School Districts have all hosted EF?Exhcnage students for the past several years with great success.

“A lot of people wonder what is actually involved in hosting a student,” Hutchison said. “First of all, exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and speak English. Host families provide housing, meals at home and a loving environment. “

According to Hutchison, students are told to budget their money while they are living in the United States to cover expenses such as hot lunch in school (if they choose), outings/activities, sports, clothes, toiletries, books, school supplies, souvenirs, health care, school registration, etc.

While the students are in your home, they are to abide by your household rules even if they are different from their natural parents’ rules. Students are to maintain at least a C average in each class. They are not allowed to have a job, smoke, or drink.

All students must submit an application along with letters of recommendations from several of their teachers; they must have at least C average grades; they must pass a minimum English competency test; and they also go through a series of interviews where they are evaluated on their maturity, flexibility, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, and motivation for studying abroad.

Since 1979, EF High School Exchange Year has connected over 100,000 students with caring American host families.

Persons wanting more information should contact Kim Hutchison at 712-480-2275.