‘Capital Culturel Europeen’ seeking local host families for French students

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Capital Culturel Europeen (CCE) is seeking local host families for students for the last three weeks of July 2013.

“One student has already been placed with a family who loved their experience last year and are excited to host a student again,” said Shelli Park, who’s helping out. “This is a great opportunity for your family to become more culturally aware. You must have a student within the age range of the visiting French students.”

There are five girls and six boys who need a wonderful family!! Here is CCE’s letter of introduction (more information here):

After another successful year, Capital Culturel Européen (CCE) is launching its eighth French student immersion program in Seattle Students, age 15-17 years old, are from around Macon and Lyon and are looking forward to staying for 20 days with a family in the Seattle area. Most of them have never been to America and they are eager to discover its culture, practice their English skills outside of the classroom, make new friends, and of course get to discover the wonderful Pacific Northwest.

French students love coming to Seattle. They enjoy experiencing daily life with a family and having an opportunity to bridge the cultural gap, beyond clichés and stereotypes, despite the language barriers (god knows our throats do not adjust to English so well!).

There is so much to do in Seattle in the summer and we have found out that our students love taking advantage of all Seattle has to offer.

Our host families have an opportunity to provide the experience of a lifetime for these young people. Strong bonds form between our students and their host families that no one could anticipate, and our students often stay in touch with their host families for years to come. American families have become guests in France, and families have even become friends, sharing in the cultural and historical ties between our countries.

Although several American families are returning to the program this year to host new students, we are also looking for a few additional families to join our program.

There are 12 French students ready for the adventure and they will be in Seattle this summer in July. There is not a CCE program that they participate in during the day, and they will stay full time with the host family (with the host family children for instance).

He or she is then expected to behave with respect to the family’s rules and schedule, eat what everyone eats (unless his/her health does not permit it, in which case the family is made aware or it well in advance) and participate in every aspect of daily life, without being waited upon.

We would prefer the student have their own room, though in some cases, both parties agree on having two boys or two girls share the same bedroom.

It is preferred that only one French student be present in the household at a time, so as to maximise his/ her commitment to practise the English language.

Every effort is made to place each student in a family with common interests. Some of our students will have travelled abroad before, and for some this will be their first journey to another country. “

There is a compensatory stipend of $600 to offset the cost of having a French student stay in a family’s home. Also, a C.C.E staff member remains in Seattle for the duration of the student’s stay to help with any issues which might arise.

Please contact Shelli at [email protected] if you can assist these adventurous French students.

“I am happy to speak with potential families,” she added. “I have attached a form for the potential families to fill out so that we can match student to family with similar interests and gender.”

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