MCC seeks host families for three YFU students this fall
Marshalltown Community College will welcome three new Youth for Understanding (YFU) international exchange students for the 2014-15 school year. Kennedy, 18, from Ghana, Sarah-Maria, 18, from Belgium, and Gian, 19, from Switzerland, are seeking a host family this fall.
“It doesn’t matter if you have children or not, whether you’re single, an empty nester, or a same sex couple; anyone can be a host family,” says Rachael Koehler, YFU Coordinator. “All you need is the ability and desire to share your home and open your heart. Hosting is all about sharing your version of the American lifestyle with an exchange student.” Interested families may host a student for a semester or a year. Host families are asked to provide a safe and loving home environment including a bed, a place to study and three meals a day. Families receive $200.00 per month for hosting their student. YFU students arrive with their own spending money and health insurance, and if they choose to drive, they purchase their own vehicle and auto insurance.
Kennedy is ready to jump into another exchange experience! He enjoys playing soccer, swimming, basketball and cycling. He claims to be a good actor and would like to get involved in the Drama Club. Kennedy enjoys movies with his family and cooking with his mom. He helps out at home by doing dishes, cleaning the house and reading bedtime stories to his siblings. His teachers say he is determined, focused, and driven. Kennedy has just completed one year as a YFU high school exchange student, and was in the U.S. previously as a participant in the Model UN Program.
Sarah-Maria enjoys traveling, studying economics, foreign languages, and learning about other cultures. She takes dance classes three times a week and teaches dance to younger girls each week. Sarah-Maria loves competing in aerobic gymnastics, enjoys jogging in her free time, and prefers to be outdoors. She also enjoys going to concerts and shopping with her sister and mom. She’s looking for a civic organization to join, as she is a member of the Youth Council for the Luxembourg district and likes representing her area and sharing ideas. Sarah-Maria looks forward to meeting and building relationships with her host family and American friends.
Gian likes to keep busy. He is interested in all sorts of technical courses like automotive technology, computer technology, and telecommunications. Gian likes to listen to music, go to concerts, and hang out with his friends on the weekends when he has time. His family likes to go swimming together at the lake near his house and go snowboarding in the winter. Gian is very close to his older brother and his twin brother. He’s the goalie for his soccer team and works as a carpenter through his apprenticeship. Gian can’t wait to arrive in the U.S. to learn about and experience American culture.
By hosting a YFU student, families can broaden their perspective of the world, while also sharing interests, love and culture with an exchange son or daughter. Probably the most treasured gift an exchange student can bring your family is a lasting friendship and memories that will last a lifetime. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting Kennedy, Sarah-Maria or Gian this coming year, or if you would like to learn more about a student and the YFU host family experience, please contact Rachael Koehler, YFU Coordinator, at 641-844-5521 or email Rachael.Koehler@iavalley.edu .
YFU is one of the world’s oldest and largest international exchange programs. Its primary purpose is to provide students from around the globe with the opportunity to pursue college level academic studies while living with a host family in a community reflecting American values. This will be the 21st year that MCC has been involved with the program.
Photo 1: Kennedy, 18, from Ghana, enjoys playing soccer, swimming, basketball, cycling, watching movies with his family and cooking with his mom. He has just completed one year as a YFU high school exchange student, and was in the U.S. previously as a participant in the Model UN Program.
Photo 2: Sarah-Maria, 18, from Belgium, enjoys traveling, studying economics, foreign languages, and learning about other cultures. She looks forward to meeting and building relationships with her host family and American friends.
Photo 3: Gian, 19, from Switzerland, is interested in technical courses such as automotive technology, computer technology, and telecommunications. He says he can’t wait to arrive in the U.S. to learn about and experience American culture.