AHS, ASSE looking for host families for exchange students

ALPENA – Alpena High School is looking for families who can host foreign exchange students during the 2018-19 school year.

Lori Vought, a counselor at AHS and an area representative for the ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, said AHS is always looking for people to host foreign exchange students.

Those interested in becoming a host exchange family would have to go online and fill out an application. Two home inspections are completed, criminal background checks are done, and references are called.

“Those who want to be a host family are those that want to share their family and want to grow their family as well,” Vought said. “We look for similar interests between the host family and the exchange student.”

Vought said if there are ever any issues between the student and the host family, there are solutions to help work through the issues that are taking place.

ASSE is one of a few international student exchange programs that AHS exchange students are a part of. The others are Youth For Understanding, Council for Educational Travel, Academic Year in America, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“We want the student to integrate themselves into their host family’s everyday life,” Vought said. “The students also participate in the activities that the family takes part in to learn about the culture here.

“Here at the school, we get to learn about the world from the exchange students, so it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.