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April 23rd, 2012 8:48 am | by


Exchange students at their first baseball game
Joker Marchant, April 7, 2012

When you host a foreign exchange student, your entire family will discover a world of fun and enlightening adventure. Simply by sharing your home for just a school year (or perhaps a shorter term), you will be giving an exceptional young person from another country the opportunity of a lifetime.

Students come with an enthusiasm to practice their English and experience American culture — food, sports, shopping and more. They will also share their own culture with host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving both the students and families a rich cultural experience.

In addition, students have pocket money for personal expenses; and full health, accident and liability insurance. Students are academically selected for the program, and host families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

Here are just a few of the students looking for a welcoming family.


Gender: Female
Nationality: Azerbaijan
Birthdate: Jul 1995
Religion: Muslim, Inactive
Siblings: None
Languages: Russian English Turkish
Mother: Dentist Assistant
Father: Public Worker

Interests: Writing, listening to music, sporting events, swimming, table tennis, tennis, roller skating, aerobics, gymnastics, chess, modern dancing, watching TV and movies, spending time with family and friends, etc…

My name is Aydan – the meaning of my name is “Moon and Daybreak” in Turkish. I’m from Azerbaijan, which is also called “The Land of Fire.” I hope to share more with you when we meet in person. :)


Gender: Female
Nationality: Germany
Birthdate: Mar 1997
Religion: Protestant
Siblings: Simon-17M
Musical: Played the piano for 4 years and singing
Languages: German English French Spanish
Mother: Structural Draftswoman
Father: Instructor

Interests: Volleyball Club, tennis club, swimming, bike riding, skiing, painting, sewing, jogging, gymnastics, animals especially our cats Lucky and Bienze, etc..

Conditions: Semi Vegetarian – No special consideration needed, as Francis eats hamburger/ground meat.

I lived in Istanbul, Turkey for 5 years with my family. I liked the feeling of living abroad. I went to a German school and I was 3 years old when we moved there.

Gender: Female
Nationality: Norway
Birthdate: Jan 1995
Religion: Not Involved
Siblings: Sunniva-20F, Aleksandra-15F, Mathilde-6F, Olivia-2F
Musical: None
Languages: Norwegian English German
Mother: Student/Social Worker
Father: Agriculture Chief

Interests: Blogging, reading, jogging, photography, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, animals, shopping, cooking, listening to music, skiing, gymnastics, etc..

I come from a very cold place and the winters here are very long. I am kind of hoping to come to a little warmer place and experience things that I could never do in Norway.

[box type="info"]ASSE was originally founded in 1938 by the Swedish National Ministry of Education. It sponsored exchange programs between Germany and Sweden. In the late 1940s, the program was expanded to include exchange programs with France, Great Britain and other countries in Europe. In March of 1976, at the recommendation of the United States State Department, ASSE was incorporated as a not for profit organization in the United States.

Today, ASSE provides student exchange opportunities for students from Scandinavia, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Japan, Thailand, China, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.

Before a student is considered for the program, he or she must exhibit exceptional qualities. Students are selected on the basis of their academic standing, fine character and proven ability to get along with others. This is determined through interviews, written recommendations and academic records.

For more information about the exchange student program and how you can become a host parent, contact Brandy Munson at, visit, or visit[/box]

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

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