Published DateGILFORD — Local community members are needed as host families for high school boys from one of 70 European, South American, Asian, or African countries during the upcoming school year. These students are sponsored by the PAX-Program of Academic Exhange and are "bright, friendly, and easygoing," according to local community Coordinator Shannon Robinson-Beland.
Disproving the stereotype that girls are easier to host than boys, the young men who come to the U.S. through PAX are open-minded and eager to experience American activities—holidays, school and community events, volunteer activities—and to share their culture and country with their host family. They are 15 to 18 years old, have studied English for at least three years, and are motivated to learn more about the U.S. by attending high school and living with a host family.
The exchange students are covered by comprehensive medical insurance and have their own spending money for incidentals. Students arrive to the U.S. in August. Volunteer host families provide PAX students with a supportive home environment, family meals, a quiet place to study, a bed, and encouragement to engage in everyday American life. All types of families—single parents, retirees, and parents with teenagers—are welcome to host.
For more information, call Shannon Robinson-Beland at 603-393-5616 or visit www.pax.org.