Final Plea for Orange Area Host Families
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for
academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring
organization needs a few more local host families. The students
are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young
ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long
According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.) President,
John Doty, the students are all between the ages of 15 and 18
years, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry
accident and health insurance, and are anxious to share their
cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E.
currently has programs to match almost every family’s needs,
ranging in length from a semester to a full academic year, where
the students attend local high schools.
P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by
finding common interests and lifestyles through an informal in-
home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review
student applications and select the perfect match. As there are
no “typical” host families, P.I.E. can fit a student into just
about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless
couple, a retired couple or a large family.
Families who host for P.I.E. are also eligible to claim a $50.00
per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax
returns for each month they host a sponsored student.
For the upcoming programs, P.I.E. has students from Germany, the
Former Soviet Union, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Japan,
Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Australia, Yugoslavia, China, and many
other countries. P.I.E. is also participating in two special
government-funded programs to bring scholarship students from the
Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union as well as
predominantly Islamic countries such as Yemen, Syria, Jordan,
Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar to the United States. P.I.E. is a
non-profit educational organization that has sponsored more than
25,000 students from 45 countries since its founding in 1975. The
organization is designated by the United States Department of
State and is listed by the Council on Standards for International
Educational Travel (CSIET), certifying that the organization
complies with the standards set forth in CSIET’s Standards for
International Educational Travel Programs.
Doty encourages families to contact the program immediately, as
it will allow the proper time for the students and hosts to get
to know one another before they actually meet for the first time.
Orange area families interested in learning more about student
exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community
representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402. The
agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for
American high school students as well as possibilities for
community volunteers to assist and work with area host families,
students and schools.