MANKATO (TEC News) - The NW Services Peace Program is in need of American families to not only host, but provide high-school age international exchange students with a true American experience.
The Northwest Services Peace Program was founded in 1996 as a way to promote educational and cultural experiences. Nearly 20 years later, the program places between 200 and 230 international students per year from across the world.
The students range in age from 15 to 18 years old, and spend five to 10 months with a host family while attending an American high school.
In addition to providing a home and a local high school, the host families work to provide a true American experience, said Teresa Knapp, NW Services Peace Program placement supervisor.
To provide that experience, the host families "adopt" the exchange students into their families, said Knapp, and show them "what America is really about."
NW Services also works to place American students abroad to help develop diplomacy and cross-cultural communications, which is something the U.S. Department of State encourages, said Knapp: Knapp 2 "for students" :20
For more information or to become a host family, visit www.nw-services.com.