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Host Families Needed for High School Exchange Students

Feb 16, 2016 03:15PM ● By Erica Shames

Ken and Brenda Willis, Bloomsburg/Danville area natives, recently returned to the Susquehanna Valley to be near family after living abroad in Taiwan and Thailand for the past nine years. Inspired by positive, life-changing international experiences and amazing new relationships, the Willis’ have joined with ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) to help bridge international understanding and friendships in schools and communities across the Susquehanna Valley region.

In cooperation with your community high school, ASSE is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, to name just a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture and improve their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics, personality and English speaking proficiency and host families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family, please call Ken or Brenda at 570-380-0630/570-912-2423 or Sue Nelson, Area Coordinator Eastern PA, NJ & DE at 732-515-8203 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

About ASSE

Founded by the Swedish Department of Education, ASSE International is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education.

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