International exchange students

International exchange students coming to Michigan this fall

July 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

A local nonprofit exchange program is inviting local Rockford families to host international exchange students for the 2011-2012 school year. The teenage students come from over 30 countries and will attend local high schools. The students have their own spending money and insurance. Host families are responsible for meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment. STS Foundation has an experienced local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year. Here are some of the incoming students who are requesting families: Justus comes from a town called Wessel near the river Rhine in Germany. He lives with his parents, his 18-year-old brother Constantin and their dog Hera. His dad is a geologist and his mom is a banker. Justus rides his bike to school where he enjoys science subjects, math and sports. After school he likes to go mountain biking, rowing or playing his cello. He loves biking and rowing, but is open to other sports in the USA. He has played the cello for 10 years. Justus also enjoys going hunting with his dad. His mother says that Justus is a peaceful, agreeable and considerate young man. His teachers describe him as being polite and respectful toward everyone at school. Bernice comes from Reunion Island, which is a French territorial island in the Pacific Ocean. She lives with her parents and twin sister Anais. She has a 23-year-old sister who is at college in Bordeaux. Bernice’s dad is a gynecologist and her mom is a midwife. Her favorite hobbies are running, pistol shooting, swimming, cooking and drawing. She also loves music and plays the piano most evenings after school. Her dad describes her as being smart, brave and athletic. Her teacher says that she is a motivated, hardworking student who will be a great ambassador for her country. For questions about these and other students, call or e-mail Julia Colingsworth at (616) 796-0553 or STS Foundation is a nonprofit student exchange program that is dedicated to opening hearts and homes to exchange students around the world. For more information, visit  

Families invited to host exchange students

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Local families are invited to host international exchange students coming to the area this  fall. The students are aged between 15 and 18 and will have their own spending money and health insurance. They will attend your local high school for the 2009-2010 school year.     Host families are responsible for providing meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing and safe environment. The STS Foundation places a large emphasis on supporting host families and will have a local representative who will maintain monthly contact with the family. The students are proficient in English and must maintain satisfactory academic progress while in school here. There are over 200 students to choose from. One student is Martina, 17, from Milan, Italy. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Martina has eight years of English and French, and her favorite hobbies are golf, jogging, meeting friends and playing volleyball. She is an A student in school, and doesn’t have any allergies.     Another student is Idun, 16, of southern Sweden. She lives with her parents and three sisters. Idun’s biggest hobbies are cheerleading and gymnastics. She has an A average in school, and loves animals.     Felipe, 16, lives near Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has 11 years of English, with a B average in school. Felipe likes to eat healthy foods and does not smoke or drink alcohol. He considers himself to be very chatty, and his teacher says he is very mature for his age. Felipe’s favorite hobbies are soccer and swimming. Olivia, 17, comes from Germany. She lives with her parents and older sister. Olivia’s favorite hobby is dancing, and other interests include cooking, playing cards, gymnastics, reading, cycling and photography. She goes to a private school, and knows sign language. Another student is Jenna, 16, of Australia. She lives with her parents, two sisters and a brother. Her favorite activities include church, going out for tea, birthday parties and relaxing at home. She loves singing and plays the piano, as well. Jenna loves to talk and is very outgoing and a positive person. She also loves animals, reading, cooking, swimming, playing cards, and school clubs.   All types of families are welcome to apply to host, including empty-nesters, […]