The organization is looking for families to host international students
GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Ms. (WCBI) – The Council for Educational Travel is looking for people to open their homes to host international students.
The Council for Educational Travel is looking for families in Mississippi and Alabama who are interested in hosting international high school students.
Regional Manager Jenny Memmott says there are dozens of students ready to start the program.
“All of the students we have who are willing to come are incredibly passionate about studying in the United States and they want to experience normal life, so I think opening a home and opening your heart is definitely make a childhood dream come true,” Memmott said.
And here are a few things you need to know before signing up…
Families will have assigned students for 5-10 months.
Memmott hopes the students and parents of the hosts will learn different cultural values from each other during their stay…she says you may also feel like you’ve learned something new about yourself.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to build goodwill, cultural understanding and, as the host is certainly life-changing for the student, there’s no doubt that families, community, schools and everyone will benefit and be affected equally.” Memmot said.
Memmott says it doesn’t matter how many dependents you already have in your home for accommodation qualifications.
“We don’t discriminate on what a host is and it can be a single person who wants to open their house or empty nests. Parents with no kids or parents with lots of kids, so we’re ready to take anyone who wants to open their home,” Memmott said.
Memmott encourages families to consider the program because of its success over the years.
“Being a host family is very easy and the qualifications are that you have an open heart and an open mind. that you are willing to provide a bed for the student and 3 meals a day and some transportation,” Memmott said.
For further questions on how to participate or be a part, you can contact Jenny Memmott: [email protected]