The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome new member CIEE with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 9th.
CIEE is a nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization that transforms lives and builds bridges between individuals and nations by sponsoring a wide variety of opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experiences. CIEE helps people develops skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, and contributes to a more peaceful global community by humanizing international relations.
CIEE connects people and communities around the world by providing high school students from more than 70 countries the life-changing opportunity to attend high school in the United States. Dawn Martinson, Local Coordinator with CIEE is looking for local host families who can welcome one of these international students into their home for as little as a few weeks up to 10 months. “Families of all shapes and sizes – kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, etc.– are needed to host international students between 15 and 18 years old who are participating in CIEE’S High School USA program”, says Martinson.
Host families make it possible for students from across the globe to learn about American culture by living with an American family, attending an American high school, and participating in the extracurricular activities typical of an American teenager. In return, host families have the opportunity to experience another culture firsthand – learn new recipes, celebrate new holidays, or perhaps learn a new language while making friendships that cross borders and often last a lifetime. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Dawn Martinson at 616-455-2080, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.ciee.org.