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Host Families Sought for International Students

Feb 17, 2018 03:36PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Here's an opportunity to enrich students' well as that of your own family: The South Bay Region of Education First Language Travel is looking for families to host international students for at least two weeks during July and August.

The students, who come from Austria, Russia, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, and China, are between the ages of 14 and 17. They will be attending school from Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Host families will receive a $110 per week stipend. They are responsible for providing the students with three meals per day, and with helping them get to school each day. Families
have a choice of driving the students to school, walking them, participating in carpools with other students and host families, or dropping the students at pre-arranged bus stops where private buses will pick them up and drop them off. On the weekends, students can either do activities with the family, or participate in Education First Activities.

Education First also provides an accommodations manager who is on hand to provide 24/7 support to the students and the host families.

"I really do recommend hosting with Education First because of the cross-cultural exchange and the possibility to create lasting relationships," said Helen Eyob, accommodations manager for the LAX Homestay Program who is coordinating South Bay host families. "As a staff member with EF for over three years, I have made lifelong friends with students."

Education First, a world leader in international education, has more than 50 years' experience with hosting student educational travel.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Helen Eyob at 213-298-1930, or email Helen.Eyob [at]

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