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foreign exchange student

does anyone know of someone in Northern Colorado who would be interested in being a volunteer host family for an exchange student. the kids have their own spending money and health insurance. They need a welcoming family to provide a bed, breakfast & supper meals. call 970-324-6303 if you know of someone interested. thank you

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Asked by lashags at 11:06 PM on Nov. 18, 2009 in Teens (13-17)

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  • And lunch, snacks, extra water bill, extra electricity, etc.. You make it sound like it's pennies a day to have a FES. It's a great thing to be a host family but it does cost a little more than you are making clear on. Also, some of them come here with what they see as a lot of monye. Our FES is from Bolivia and he came with $120 as his spending money for the entire school year. In his country $120 is quite a good amount of money but here, it doesn't buy much. So, we pay for him to go out with friends, for his incidentals (shampoo, conditioner, deodarant, etc.) and of course, with the holidays coming up we have gifts to buy for him. We have been a FES host family for 8 years now and you need to be a little more clear and realistic when asking for a family to be a host family.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 AM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • dear doesn't sound like you have had very good experiences and i'm truly sorry you haven't felt supported in the process. I'm a host mom for two exchange students right now and am very happy with the rules that the organization has to protect us from issues like this. my students have well more that $400 a month to spend and they buy their own lunches and movies and personal supplies ext... now I will agree with the water bill it has gone up just a bit, but you should look closely at your organization rules before signing up as a host family., and pick one that has rules you like. i hope you have a better experience, and that you share in the joy of teaching kids from around the world about a true american family, and the goal that the more we know about each others cultures the less likely we are to fear or dislike each other.

    Answer by lashags at 11:05 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

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