Bring the world home this summer

Non-profit seeks volunteer host families for foreign exchange students

Apr 30, 2014

A non-profit student exchange organization seeks volunteer host families to host exchange students from Japan this summer.

Japanese students through CCI Greenheart are looking to visit America from July 25-Aug. 22.

Each year, CCI Greenheart provides over 1,000 exchange students from over 50 countries the opportunity to study in the U.S. and live with American host families.

“Hosting a foreign student has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives,” wrote Bob and Eugenia Collins. “It has enriched our family immensely. Leo is a new family member who will be part of our family for years to come.”

Volunteer host families come from varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds and include working parents, empty nesters, singles and single parents.

They are to provide:

• Open communication, encouragement, patience and sound advice;

• A separate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender;

• Three daily meals;

• Local transportation; and

• Treatment as a member of the family, which may include household rules, responsibilities and privileges.

While in town, the students will participate in a couple of Greenheart community volunteer projects in the community.

For more information, visit or email or call Eugenia Collins at 352-216-7926.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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