|Sent on:||Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:15 AM|
A wonderful opportunity to make a lifelong contribution to a young person’s life…
Recently, I have had the occasion to learn about International Exchange Programs and have found that many students coming from Asia, India and Europe list badminton as their primary sport. The local Program Coordinators I have talked with were unaware of the existence of badminton play in this community. Therefore, exchange students have been encouraged to learn to play tennis. Not that there is anything wrong with tennis, but what a shame that these students are not getting the opportunity to continue to play badminton while in America – especially since there are so many places to play in this area.
You can imagine that the best way for these students to get a chance to play badminton is to stay with a local family in which at least one member of the family plays. Host families are allowed to choose the student(s) they would like to welcome into their home. The process of becoming a host family is easy and takes very little time. These students must be at least 16 years old and come with their own money and insurance. While there is no financial payment for being a host family, the enjoyment and memories made for these young people and the host families will exceed any financial expenses.
The two organizations I have learned about are Youth For Understanding (https://yfuusa.org) and International Cultural Exchange Services or ICES (http://www.icesusa.org/). Both organizations (and I’m sure there are others) currently have students who love to play badminton looking for placements with host families. These placements are being done now!
Youth For Understanding has a student from Denmark that is very active in badminton and would love to have the chance to be involved with the sport while he is studying here next year. Why aren’t my husband and I taking this young man into our home? We have already agreed to take in a young lady with the same desire who is also from Denmark and the exchange programs will not allow two students from the same country to be placed in the same host home.
With so many badminton families in the Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas and so many places to play badminton, surely our badminton community can offer some of these kids a great home with a lovely family AND the opportunity to play BADMINTON!
Won’t you join us in becoming a host family so that these young people can continue playing the sport they and we love while learning and living in America? If interested, please contact one of the agencies listed above and/or feel free to contact me for more information… [address removed]
Please forward to any people or groups that may be interested.