Fifty families are needed to host high school-age students from France for three weeks this summer. One group comes for three weeks in July and another group for three weeks in August.
Kimberly Karver, a French and English teacher at Whitney High School, joined the American Discovery team last year. She helped find host families for 40 French teens ranging in age from 13 to 17 years of age. The students (host students and exchange students) take many trips to places such as San Francisco, Six Flags, Sunplash and more.
"I think hosting a foreign exchange student is a wonderful experience,” Karver said. “Families benefit from the experience of hosting because they have the chance to get a new perspective on their own culture and beliefs by seeing them through the eyes of an outsider."
The French students have been studying English since kindergarten. The students are also fully insured and will have their own spending money. Host families will only need to provide students food, lodging and some transportation during their stay. The students are coming to California to experience life as a teen. They are also seeking an opportunity to practice their English skills.
Karver is a coordinator for American Discovery, now in its 21st year. The mission of American Discovery is to "connect families and cultures – one family at a time."
To help out, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 247-4502. For more information about American Discovery, visit www.americandiscovery.net.