International students seeking host families from Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center

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SHELBY COUNTY — Ever wonder how you could share the Shelby County experience with a student from another country? Ever wonder how you could learn more about another country without leaving home? The same answer addresses both of these exciting questions—host an international high school student.

There are currently 600 students from around the world waiting to be placed throughout the United States by Aug. 31, 2016.

What does it take to host a student from our program?

Host families come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one thing in common—the excitement of bringing in an international student as another member of the family and attending their district public high school. So here are the typical questions:

Where do they come from?

Over 48 countries around the world. Students come fully insured, including a medical policy.

How long do they stay?

Five months, 10 months or 12 month programs

How old are they?

Fifteen to 18 ½-years-old

Do they know English?

Yes, they have all gone through an English proficiency test, are pre-screened and have to apply for the programs. They have to maintain a “C” average and carry at least four academic classes.

What about the school?

The school has to agree to accept the student and he/she will be treated like any other student, including counting in enrollment numbers. Botkins, Fort Loramie and Jackson Center have already agreed to accept students, but other local schools may be contacted.

What does it take to be a host family? They share the following traits:

Interested- Interested in sharing our culture

Involved- Encouraging and helpful

Responsible- Mature and stable

Understanding- Patient and accepting in sharing our culture

Room enough for a student’s bed and room- can share with family member of the same gender

So, what is the experience like?

Here are some YouTube videos: and

How do you begin? Contact Area Respresentative Kristen Harting at [email protected], 419-733-0459, or visit:

Even more information can be found at

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