World Heritage Newsletter

December 2015

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.

Some of our students may have a hard time during the holiday season with missing their loved ones from home. We don't want students hiding in their rooms with social media, which can happen if they're not attending school. We want them having fun and participating in as much as they can. If you find your students experiencing homesickness (ie: feeling withdrawn, moody, sleeping a lot, etc.) remind them that communicating with their families and friends constantly at home won't alleviate their homesickness and encourage them to enjoy their host families and friends at this special time and to share some of their own traditions. They will look back on their Christmas in America as something very special even if they don't realize it right now.

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Student, Elena from Spain, hanging ornaments with host mom, Lilia Wills, Monroe, CT.

Student Travel

Student travel is only allowed with the host family, on World Heritage sponsored trips and with a sponsored school trip. If your host family takes their student on an international trip, the following steps NEED to be completed:

• Students must send the original DS 2019 form (usually stapled to the passport) to the head office in Laguna Beach, along with an explanation of where they will travel, when they will travel, and whom they will travel with. Also, they must include a self-addressed stamped envelope

• The travel validation part of the DS 2019 will be signed by program director, Pete Hayes. (If they do not have this form, they will be allowed out of the country but they will not be able to reenter the U.S.)

• Students need to take into consideration the amount of time it will take for the package to get to headquarters, time for them to process it and send it back to them. If sent well in advance, regular mail is usually sufficient. If they are on a shorter time frame, then they may want to consider using some sort of an express mail service.

• The students must bring their passports, their I-94 and DS 2019 copies with them when traveling.

• In addition, the students and/or their host families should research if the student will need a visa to enter the country or countries they will be visiting while on her trip. It is up to them to research this, and get anything needed in order for the student to enter the countries they will be visiting. Families should check with the country’s embassy or consulate not with the cruise line or travel agency.

FLEX and YES students have a different procedure. Please check with me.

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FLEX scholarship student, Makhabat from Kyrgystan, with a little friend. Rep: Rachel Butts

The Outbound Jodi Kiefer Scholarship

In memory of Jodi Kiefer, a beautiful person and dedicated advocate for the ASSE & World Heritage Exchange Programs for over 25 years.

The Kiefer Family wishes to keep her legacy alive through the Jodi Kiefer Memorial Scholarship, the Kiefer family is giving one American student the opportunity for an exchange year abroad in the 2016-17 school year.

The Jodi Kiefer Memorial Scholarship covers 100% of the year program fee, monthly pocket money, one field trip in the host country and complete airfare costs. Scholarships will be chosen by merit and proof of financial need.

Jodi believed international student exchange makes the world a better place one student at a time.

Walter Danielson Scholarship

Covers 100% of the program fee for the academic year program, pays for the domestic airfare, provides $250 USD pocket money as well as one field trip in the host country.

There are also a number of scholarships available, which cover approximately 90% of the program fee.

**Applicants must be between 15 and 18.5 years old at departure and have a minimum of a 3.4 GPA.

Applications must be received by March 1st, 2016. Submit Preliminary Application online at

Annual Training

It has been great getting to see many of you again, or meet you in person for the first time.

Our annual trainings are important to ensure you are up-to-date with State Department Standards and new World Heritage policies.

Representatives are required to complete an in person or over the phone training annually.

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Having lots of fun in Maryland with reps (from front left to right): Sharon Kalbarczyk, Shelley Sunkel, Olly Baszczewska, Rachel Butts, Diane Galvin and student Makhabat from Kyrgystan

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We all had a great time in Vermont! Reps (right to left): Luciana Swenson, me, Shirley Jacobs, Pete Hayes (National Director of WH), students: Iara (Portugal), Aureanne (France) and Sarah (Germany)

Report Cards

Now is the time of year to contact your schools for students’ report cards and to check in and see how they are doing at school.

A few reminders:

*Report cards should cover at least 9 weeks (aka a quarter).

*Report cards should have at least the name of the student and the name of the school.

*We need a report card, not progress report— and the most recent version available.

Please send to me directly upon receipt.

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Sharon Kalbarcyzk and Sam Zigler with their student, Makhabat, in Middletown, MD

Contact Info

Don't hesitate to contact me via email or phone at any time.