World Heritage Family Newsletter
North Central Region :: Spring 2015
Spring is just around the corner!
We know that word of mouth referrals work the best. So as a thank you, to YOU our host families, and our students we will give a $250 referral fee to any family you refer to us who hosts one or two of our students for the upcoming school year.
Please contact your area rep for more information.
FLEX student joins March in Selma, Alabama
Pictured: 4th from the Left-- Meerim Zhanybek kyzy a FLEX student living with the Fagan/York family in Lakweood, Colorado.
The 50th anniversary recognition of the Voting Rights March came to Selma, Alabama, this year and students from Jefferson County Open School were there to celebrate the historic event.
The students, 17 members of a year-long Black American History class, and two teachers left on March 4 to drive to Selma, and along the way they visited historical sites related to the civil rights movement like the Brown vs. Board of Education Historical Site in Topeka, Kansas, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
While in Selma, the students will participate in workshops, listen to former and current voting rights activists and participate in the 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery over five days.
Upcoming Student Departures
Our partner offices overseas book students’ return flights. Flight letters will be sent directly to you/student.
Things to know:
· All students travel on e-tickets and MUST have their Passport and I-94 form in their passport
· Students must return home on their assigned flight
· Have students check the baggage restrictions online in advance, so they can be prepared to send things home, or pay the additional baggage fees
Riko from Japan
Riko is very excited to live in the US as an exchange student for 10 months! She currently lives in Japan at a dormitory at her school. Riko has 5 people in her family, including her parents, two older sisters and one dog. She describes her sisters, "like two real mothers." So it is like she has 3 mothers. Riko studies at a large school with about 900 classmates, her favorite subjects are English and PE. At her school they have 3 different English classes; survival English, Culture and grammar. Riko has been a member of an athletic club for 7 years; she used to run long distances every day, "the reason I started track and field was my older sister was a good runner." She loves to watch sports too, like baseball & basketball. Riko's best friend is encouraging her to become an exchange student, she spent time in Canada as an exchange student. "Her words encouraged me. Now I've thought I want to work to use my English in the future." Riko stayed in the US for two weeks last year with a host family and a few years ago in Australia. She is used to be away from her parents, so the adjustment to your home will go well! When Riko arrives she would like to share pictures with you and hopes you will like to sing with her. "I'd like to stay in the US again!"
Rafael from Spain
Rafa is a 15 year old boy who lives in Central Spain with his younger brother, parents and dog named Fina. He is very close with his younger brother, "I really have good fun with him always." His family is close, they all see each other every day--including his Aunt and younger cousin who he sometimes babysits. Each month Rafa and his family also go to the coast to visit his Grandparents. Rafa enjoys going to the gym about 3 times each week, he likes to stay fit and spend time with his friends there--he's not trying to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rafa and his friends also enjoy going to the movies and each week they spend time together eating Dominos pizza. Rafa likes to play soccer, listen to music, play video games, read, and he tries to learn all he can about technology. "In general I am very open to try new hobbies, so new experiences will be more than welcome!!" Rafa's parents have instilled the lesson of being well educated, that is one of the reasons he would like to study in the US. Rafa's parents both studied in the US and he has heard so many good stories about their experience he is ready to have that on his own. "Meeting new people and a different culture would surely enrich me as a person." Rafa knows the US has many things he likes, "but the most important ones are surely to be discovered once I get there!"
Lisa from Italy
Lisa is an open-minded 16 year from Italy, who has many interests and is curious to know and understand the world around her. "I'm friendly and so easy to talk to." She lives in a home outside the city with her parents and younger brother, "they are warm hearted people." Lisa attends school 6 days a week, but she has many interests outside of school. Lisa has been synchronized swimming for eight years and competes in many competitions. "It is a very important part of my life because I enjoy it a lot and I met my best friends there." When on dry land, Lisa enjoys going to the cinema and also likes to act in the theatre too. She hopes in the future she does something connected to the theatre or cinema. Lisa adores traveling and spent last summer with a host family in Great Britain. "The amazing landscapes I saw there will remain in my mind forever." Lisa chose to become an exchange student because she has always desired to know the US better, "the best way to do it is living there." She is so enthusiastic to know new people, places and environments. "I'm so happy to begin this experience that I'm sure will change my life and will make me grow up from many different points of view."