Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bring the World into Your Home

A few years ago, I detailed 10 Ways to Bring the World into Your Home, in an article for Chicago Parent.

One of my recommendations was: Host a foreign exchange student. Your children will learn firsthand about the language and customs of another culture and in turn, develop a lifelong friendship. If you can find a student that speaks the language your child studies at school (or hopes to study), all the better. If your child's school doesn't offer world languages (grrrr), hosting a student from overseas is a great way to learn a new language: you can trade English speaking time for some French, Italian, Chinese speaking time. As a bonus, you'll have another reason to take a family trip overseas - to visit your exchange student's family!
The mother of 3 (now 4!) former students of mine, Denise DiPauloWaltz, arranges homestays for students from Europe (primarily France and Spain) via Compass USA, and she's looking to connect families with students this upcoming summer and the next academic year. Here's a link to a great article describing how Denise brings the world into her home. Interested in hosting a student? Contact Denise at ddwaltz@sbcglobal.net or call Compass USA at (847) 652-7662.

FCC Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for writing this post.
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