MCC seeks host family for two YFU students
Marshalltown Community College will host two new Youth for Understanding (YFU) international exchange students for the 2012-13 spring semester. Philippe, 18, from Belgium, and Haeri, 22, from South Korea, are both in need of a host family this winter. They will be two of seven YFU international exchange students attending MCC this year.
Philippe is a very motivated student. He wants to be a journalist and has already started a blog where he writes his own articles. Philippe is participating in this exchange program in order to improve his language and learn about other cultures, which will help in his career path. His dream job would be working as a sports journalist reporting on the World Cup and the Tour de France. A little shy at first, Philippe gets along with everyone and is a hard worker.
Haeri’s friends would describe her as an outgoing person with a positive attitude. She has many interests, particularly in the arts, and she loves to draw and watch movies. Haeri is considering a career in design or broadcasting and looks forward to studying these subjects in the U.S. She wants to share her culture with her host family, by watching Korean films and sharing Korean food with them throughout the year.
Interested families may host Philippe or Haeri for the spring semester only, or through the fall semester of 2013 (Philippe will only be at MCC for the spring semester). As a host family you are asked to provide a safe and loving home environment including a bed, a place to study and food for three meals a day. Host 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.
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 one of these students for the 2012-2013 academic year, or if you would like to learn more about a student and the YFU host family experience, please contact Katie Kothenbeutel, MCC YFU Campus Coordinator, at 641-844-5690 or e-mail Katie.Kothenbeutel@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. MCC has been involved with the program for 19 years.
Photo 1: Philippe, 18, from Belgium, wants to be a journalist and has already started a blog where he writes his own articles.
Photo 2: Haeri, 22, from South Korea, is considering a career in design or broadcasting and looks forward to studying these subjects in the U.S.