Hosting an exchange student can be a rewarding experience, and having a high school student study abroad is the experience of a lifetime, says Becky Bell, local coordinator for the Council on International Educational Exchange. There are over 1,300 exchange students who attend schools in the U.S. each year, Bell says, participating in school activities such as field hockey, ice hockey, drama, band, chorus, swimming, football, soccer, wrestling, orchestra and more. All the students want to learn about American culture and to participate in school, family and volunteering activities, Bell says.
There are also opportunities for local high school students to study abroad for several weeks, a semester or a school year. Scholarships are available. There is a two-week study in South Korea this summer and it is free, Bell says. For more information, call Bell at 928-1948, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ciee.org.