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Summer Experience Promises to Open a New World for Families

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.


Host Families Needed to Welcome 34 International Students

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer. This non-profit program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their culture – all without leaving home.

From July 16 – August 5th host families on the Eastside will welcome 34 EHP students. Our students will attend language and culture classes and enjoy
planned activities during weekdays, chaperoned by our staff. Host-siblings are
welcome to join some activities too! Weekends will be free for host families to
enjoy activities with their students while building long lasting cross-cultural
bonds. Families also earn travel rewards and discounts through this program.
Children of host families can earn community service credit and 24-hour support from EHP staff is available.

Families able to provide a room (shared is fine), an extra plate at the table, and –
most importantly – a stable caring environment, have what it takes to share their life with an eager student from abroad this summer. Host family sign-ups close on April 10th.

Contact Karene Busby at (425) 466-8538 or eburg1962@comcast.net
for details
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About Education First

For almost 50 years, Education First has helped millions of people become
“citizens of the world” by breaking down barriers of language, culture and
geography. Through cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training
and degree programs, Education First is the world leader in international
education.

For more information about Education First: www.efhomestay.org
or www.ef.com/ehp.

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Alison Eliason February 20, 2013 at 04:43 PM
After hosting EF Homstay students in Redmond for 4 years, I can say that the experience is more than worth the effort if you are willing to risk exposing your culture and your heart. Last summer we travelled back to France and Spain to visit student families and received back ten fold the love that we had given. It is always worth it to break down barriers, remove the veneer of Hollywood misconception, learn a new language and find out what you have in common with others. John Eliason, Redmond

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