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Volunteer Families Needed to Host H.S. Exchange Students
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 5, 2012

Educational Merit Foundation (EMF), a not-for-profit Texas organization that promotes global learning and leadership through foreign exchange as well as study abroad programs for high school students, is looking for volunteer families interested in housing foreign exchange students during the 2012-13 school year. "Sharing the American experience with an international student is a unique opportunity for the average American family to profoundly impact the life of a teenager and provide them with a positive, unique experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives," said EMF Program Director MarieClaude Dijoud in a news release. " By sharing their normal daily life, host families are in a great position to show international exchange students what it means to be a teenager in America and give them an authentic slice of American life."

EMF foreign exchange students come from France and Germany, are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are fluent in the English language. They expect to be treated like a family member, not a guest, and to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities. "Texan host families are the heart and soul of EMF's foreign exchange program," added Ms. Dijoud. "Texan families have been hosting EMF exchange students for the last 20 years, and the experience has been lifechanging for the students, who blossom in the local communities through support from the families and schools."

Host families must complete an application as well as pass a criminal background check and a home visit by an EMF Local coordinator. For more information, contact Marie-Claude Dijoud at 800-HOST-EMF (800-467-8363) or wisit our website at

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