Locals Welcome Student from Chile
In August, AFS Laguna Beach will welcome Daniela Pardo, 17, of Chile, as an exchange student at Laguna Beach High School for the coming school year, said AFS coordinator Barbara Hawthorne. She will live with the Wellsfry family.
Graduating seniors Clara Ross and Emily Rubino each received $500 scholarships from the AFS Intercultural Program, Laguna Beach chapter. Clara spent a semester in high school in Argentina and Emily was host sister to Bayron Guajardo, also of Chile, who attended LBHS in 2009.
LBHS students have participated in AFS programs since 1959. If you are considering hosting or going abroad, visit www.afsusa.org.
Share Your Culture and Host an International Student
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs more local host families.
According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange President John Doty, the students are all between the ages of 15 and 18 years, English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and want to share their cultural experiences with their new American families.
PIE currently has programs to match almost every family’s needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools. “At this critical time in our country’s history, hosting an international teen is the best and purest form of public diplomacy the United States has,” said Doty.
Families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative may call toll-free at 1-866-546-1402.