OSWEGO – Bonnie Kastler Loforte International exchange coordinator for nonprofit EF Foundation for Foreign Study, the leader in high school exchange, is currently accepting applications for host families for the 2012-13 school year.
Host families open their homes to a 15-18 year old from one of 25 countries around the world.
Students come for one or two semesters and attend the local high school. Through the exchange experience, both student and family get the chance to learn about a new culture and promote global understanding, right here in this community.
According to Loforte, EF Foundation host families represent the diversity of American culture – with varied economic, religious and social backgrounds.
Among those who embrace the exchange experience are parents looking to give their children a glimpse of the world, without having to travel the globe.
In addition, there are many successful host families who have no children, or adult children who no longer live at home, who are looking for new ways to connect to their communities, while gaining fresh perspectives on the world.
Host family applicants undergo a screening process to ensure that they are well suited for an exchange experience.
To host, one adult in the household must be at least 25 years old.
As an international exchange coordinator, Loforte is supporting a priority United States foreign policy goal of expanding communications between U.S. citizens and people from other countries. She , along with EF Foundation’s full-time professional staff, is responsible for matching the right students with the right host families, enrolling them in high school and providing students, schools and host families with ongoing guidance and support throughout the year-long exchange experience.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, EF Foundation for Foreign Study is the leader in high school exchange.
Committed to promoting international understanding and global awareness for more than 30 years, EF Foundation brings more students to the United States each year than any other high school exchange program.
Since 1979, the organization has matched more than 100,000 enthusiastic students from around the world with caring host families across the United States.
EF Foundation is designated by the United States Department of State as an Exchange Program Sponsor.