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One More Email- Community Opportunity

From: Emily
Sent on: Sunday, April 1, 2012 4:58 PM

Please see the following opportunity emailed to me below:

Good Morning, 

My name is Jennifer King and I am the local Area Representative for the Center for Cultural Interchange, a Chicago based non-profit organization that sponsors and places high school exchange students with volunteer host families in the United States for the academic semester or year. I located your contact information online while searching for local cultural groups and I am hoping you do not mind my contacting you. 

I am writing to ask for your assistance in identifying qualified families that might be interested in cultural exchange and volunteering to host a high school exchange student. Volunteer host families provide the meals for the exchange student and a place to stay (a student must have his or her own bed in either a separate room or in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender). Students have their own spending money to cover personal expenses and have accident and health insurance through the program. Host families are not compensated for hosting a high school exchange student per U.S. Department of State regulations. However, families are eligible for a modest tax deduction for each month they host a student. 

Would it be possible to place an announcement in a local bulletin? If that is not possible I am more than willing to visit and perhaps make an announcement should that be appropriate on any day you choose.. We are currently seeking host families for several 15-18 year old boys and girls from countries such as Germany, Belgium, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, Brazil, and China among many others. I will be more than happy to forward you bios, of some of the students we are seeking host families for, to review. We do our best to match students with host families based on similar hobbies and interests in order to ease the student's transition into U.S. family life and culture. 

Who can host a student? CCI host families come in all shapes and sizes and represent the diversity of American culture. Our families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds and include working parents, couples without children, singles and single parents, adoptive parents, empty-nesters, in addition to the traditional nuclear family. All host families complete an application and must clear a background check. 

Please let me know if I can place an announcement with you or come and speak to you about CCI and hosting an exchange student. More information about CCI can also be found on our website at 

CCI is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor for the Secondary School program. CCI is currently granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). We are also a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSTC), GWEA: Global Work Experience Association, and The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange. 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. 


Jennifer King 

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