With the final semester underway at area high schools, the search is on for one additional Host Family (HF) for an exchange student. Duane Slocum, from Aspect Foundation, is the Pikes Peak regional Coordinator, responsible for finding at least five host familes for the coming school year.
"I have located four families and only need one more to complete my group of five. Each year, I limit the size of my group, which makes it easier to help and monitor the progress of students from around the world." Slocum indicated his group so far consists of three girls from Norway and a girl from France.
Potential hosrt families are able to review the Aspect data base featuring several hundred students from 27 countries around the world. Students come with good English speaking and writing skills. The database provides a detailed profile of each student plus a personal letter written to a prospective HF.
Students arrive with health insurance and spending money, plus many also bring a laptop computer to help with communications and homework assignments. Students arrive in early August, usually one week before the high school begins so as to get registered in the school district and high school. Students are required to take English and U.S.History, while everything else is open, if the class is availavble.
A HF comes in many different configurations. A single parent, parents with children, empty nesters and even a single person; all are considered and their background throughly checked. Inrterested HF's should contact Slocum for more information opr to start the application process at: 599-8955 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.