Local Resident Recognized for Strong Commitment to Student Exchange through EF Foundation for Foreign Study

Mexico, NY – Local residents Robert and Bonnie Loforte  joined nearly 600 EF Foundation for Foreign Study International Exchange Coordinators for a fun-filled weekend in Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Attendees, including the Lofortes, were recognized for their strong commitment to high school student exchange and had an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments.

In 2012, EF Foundation international exchange coordinators placed nearly 3,000 exchange students from 25 countries with host families across the United States.

Robert and Bonnie Loforte
Robert and Bonnie Loforte

In the Lofortes’ position, as international exchange coordinators, they are supporting a priority United States foreign policy goal of expanding communications between U.S. citizens and people from other countries.

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.

“It was so exciting to go to Disney,” said Bonnie. “It was a great opportunity to meet up with my colleagues from across the country and celebrate another great year of exchange.”

EF Foundation is currently looking for families to open their homes to an exchange student for the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information about the program, contact Bonnie Loforte  at 315-963-0642 or email [email protected]

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 over 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.

To find out more information about EF Foundation, visit effoundation.org

1 Comment

  1. From 1/2009-6/2012 I hosted 5 students, 3 from EF, w/whom lifelong connections were formed!(SE Michigan).

    HOWEVER, with each student, we were disappointed w/the service we received from EF, be it issues w/the flight dept or no guidance when I recently had to have a 4th EF student removed from my home.

    Note that a student Behavioral Agreement is not an agreement at all and there’s no guidelines/checklists/post-removal info provided to protect the host family. If the 1/2 year student I’m hosting and I were informed by our local rep or the Cambridge office on these processes, there’d have been less stress when we saw the student who was removed start showing back up in our area w/her boyfriend who was skipping school and allegedly engaging in behavior that is banned by the agency.Overall, the agency’s #1 priority is to legally protect itself. Before doing business w/ANY agency, talk w/other families on the level of service and the percentage of students that don’t stay w/the original host family.

    I do NOT recommend EF Foundation, Cambridge, MA.

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