In Search of a Host Family
Have you ever thought about opening your home to an international exchange student? Wouldn’t it be cool to introduce a young adult from another country to our culture and way of life? As a Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family, you will broaden your understanding of the world and promote international goodwill through your family.
The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club is seeking a host family for 3-4 months, starting in January, for a 17-year-old exchange student from France. The student is currently a junior at Sammamish High School and enjoys sports, playing and listening to music, and hiking. His current host Mom, Cassie Swoope, smiles and states that “he is a joy to have in our home.”
Who is Eligible to Apply?
To be a Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family, you must be able to provide food, lodging, a warm family life, and to treat your exchange student as you would your own children. Your family will help the student to experience our culture through your daily life and activities.
Host families are selected by the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Youth Exchange Committee based on a written application and personal interviews. The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club takes its obligation to protect youth seriously and qualified host families will be asked for personal references and to approve a criminal background check.
How Much Will it Cost?
Host families absorb food and lodging costs, items such as toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent, etc., and expenses for regular family activities such as movies, dining out, and excursions. Students are responsible for school events, clothing, and long distance telephone charges. All students have health insurance while participating in the program. The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club also provides a monthly stipend to the student to help with incidental expenses and extracurricular activities.
For further information about becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family, please contact Colleen Turner, Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Youth Exchange Officer (425.306.7391).