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Local foreign exchange program seeking more host families

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Lisa Stubenrauch previously served as a teacher guide for Japanese foreign exchange students, an experience she thoroughly enjoyed. “I really learned a lot about myself,” Stubenrauch said. “As soon as we picked them up from the airport, on the bus ride home, I found myself pointing out landmarks. At that moment, I knew I found a way to combine my two passions of travel and teaching.” Her next project: Acting as a program leader for an Education First homestay program. “I’m in the process of getting my teaching credential at Sac State and wanted to get involved in something meaningful that would help me in my teaching prospects,” she said. “So I’m really excited.” She wants others to share in her excitement. The program leader needs host families around Rocklin and the greater Sacramento area to provide temporary housing for high school students coming from France, Italy and Spain from July 5 to July 31. The students are gone from around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday learning English and going on cultural excursions. Host families provide a place to stay, meals and transportation to and from the bus stop for the student’s daily English class. Organizers will take the students on a couple overnight trips. The teenagers spend weekends with their host families. “(This is) a good time to get to know each other and have a cultural exchange,” Stubenrauch said. ~ Sena Christian/Gold Country News Service Host families recruitment and informational event When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 Where: Table in front of Bel Air, 2341 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin Cost: Free Information: Visit www.efhomestay.org. To contact Lisa Stubenrauch, call (732) 575-6611 or e-mail lisa80nj@yahoo.com.