Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive in August for an academic home-stay program, and CASE exchange student programs is seeking host families in the Rockford area. The students are 15 to 18 years old, speak English, have their own spending money, carry full medical insurance, and are eager to share their cultural experiences with their new American families, according to the local representative, Rick Wiltse of Wyoming. “There really is no typical host family,” said Wiltse. “CASE can match almost any student with a host family, as long as they are willing to share their active American lifestyle with a teen from another country.” Once qualified, host families are able to review student applications from Europe, South America or Asia, and select the best match for their family lifestyle. Those families volunteering early on in the process have the opportunity to begin corresponding with their exchange student and getting to know him/her before August arrival. Families who host for CASE are eligible to claim a monthly tax deduction on their tax returns for each month they host an exchange student. CASE is a nonprofit, public service organization with headquarters in Saddle Brook, N.J. To learn more about hosting an exchange student in 2011, contact Rick Wiltse toll free at 1-877-417-9675.
CASE Exchange Student Programs
Have you ever wanted to travel around the world and learn about different cultures? CASE Exchange Student Programs would like to invite you to see the world without leaving home, by hosting a foreign exchange student from South America, Europe or Asia for the upcoming school year! Each year, CASE provides high school age students the opportunity to travel to the U.S. and live with a warm and caring host family, while attending a semester or academic year at the public school closest to the host home. The students have full medical coverage and their own spending money. The host family provides room, board and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some lucky foreign teen. Many families find that when they open their hearts and homes to an exchange teen, they suddenly find their home filled with fun and laughter, all wrapped in a charming foreign accent. CASE also has an Outbound Program that offers American teens the opportunity to travel abroad as exchange students for a summer, semester or full academic year. To qualify, American teens must be between 15 and 18 years old and hold a B or better average in school. For more information on hosting an exchange student, or becoming one, contact Rick Wiltse at (616) 805-3136 or call the CASE Regional Office toll free at (877) 417-9675. For more information, visit www.case-usa.org.