Tuesday, April 2, 2013

AFS loves Yellow Springs

The Dayton Area AFS Council is looking for local families interested in sharing their home and American values and culture with a foreign exchange student.  The 15 to 18-year old students are carefully screened, fully insured, and have studied English usually more than 5 years  They come from around 50 countries, including Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and many more with the goals of sharing their own country's language, history, and culture.  The primary expenses to hosts are to provide food and to pay for the AFS'er when on family outings.  Students have their own spending money for clothes, phone, etc.
They will arrive in August (usually Aug. 9) in time for the start of the school year and return at the end of June.  Throughout their stay AFS volunteers of the Dayton area will plan special events and orientations for the host family members and the AFS'ers.  Students are matched with hosts through in-home meetings and families may review student applications beforehand. 
Our AFS students have been hosted by childless couples, couples with very young children, singles, "empty nesters," and single parent families with great success and happiness in past years, so do not think that hosts are only the "typical" family of two young parents with teens.  Hosting an AFS'er of the opposite sex of your own child is encouraged if the family has the interest.  You child can have the "brother" or "sister" they never had! 
For more information, contact the local hosting coordinator, Marla Gamble,  at 233-6190 or see
www.afsusa.org to do your own research and indicate your interest to host. 


Anonymous said...

Just barely got through the small print - thank goodness the next (below) post is extra-large print.

AFS might think of our eyes next time, please?

Virgil Hervey said...

There's no limit to the list of problems oldsters run into on the Internet. My suggestion is to skip taking in a foreign exchange student and check out the Clifton Opera House this Saturday night. Another suggestion: pick yourself up a pair of readers. I've got about a dozen pairs strategically placed around the house. You can get a decent pair for around three bucks.

Anonymous said...

thank you for the suggestions, Virgil. I have glasses, very expensive glasses, thanks anyway.

And like to know what's going on even if I'm not going to take in a foreign exchange student. Your blog has the best source of real news (refraining from saying further), so I read it all.

Are you doing okay? Maybe it's me, but I detected a "tone" here...and I'm not *that* old, buddy (smiles).

Anonymous said...

Saturday night's music at Clifton Opera House particularly wonderful, do you know?

I absolutely adore that venue for music!

Virgil Hervey said...

I should have put a smiley face on my comment about oldsters needing glasses. I count myself among that group.

Tracy Logan said...

A handy tip not everyone knows: If you're using a modern browser (FireFox, Chrome, Opera, etc.), you can increase the font size on any page at will; just hold down the CTRL key and tap the + sign (either the one by the Backspace key, above =, or the number pad +); each tap will go up one size.

The same technique but with CTRL and the - sign will reduce the font size one notch -- and CTRL plus 0 (zero, not O, Oh) will reset the font to normal.

I believe the Mac browsers also support this, not sure. And as always, if you're using Microsoft's built-in Internet Explorer, you should consider using it to download a safer/faster/better browser such as those above.