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BAR HARBOR, Maine — Academic Year in America is a not for profit organization that places international high school students in high schools throughout the United States. Academic Year in America Local Coordinator, Alison Holmquist of Bar Harbor, Maine is in search of host families to host international students for the upcoming school year. Holmquist says “The slack US economy has had a direct effect on the number of host families available to host international students across America. I am hopeful a generous Maine family can step up and welcome an international student into their family.”
A host family is asked to welcome an international student into their home and family for a 10 month school year all the while providing a safe, supportive and loving home. Just as there is no “typical” American family, there is no “typical” host family. Retirees, childless couples and single parents are all able to give an international student a good home. The host family is responsible for providing the student with his/her own bed (room can be shared w/ child of same sex w/in 4 years of student’s age) and a place to study. Providing the student with meals (except school lunches) and transportation to and from school(usually by school bus) is also required. An international student should be accepted as a full member of a host family, with all the privileges and responsibilities which children of the host family have. Students come with their own spending money and money for school lunches along with full medical insurance.
There are students from Germany, China, Brazil, South Korea and Thailand patiently awaiting their US host families.
Please contact Alison Holmquist at 288-1065 or email her at maineislandgal@gmail.com to learn more

For More Information:

Contact Name: Alison Holmquist

Telephone Number: (207)266-1923

Website: http://academicyear.org

Email: maineislandgal@gmail.com