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Brighten the Winter

Does school feel blah these days? Maybe your sport season came to an end, or your after-school activity stopped because of cold weather. Or, perhaps you haven’t found a club or extracurricular activity you really love yet. It is not too late to get involved! Let the following ideas energize your next four months:


Volunteer around the school. Does your favorite teacher have a class of younger students? Perhaps one of those students needs a tutor after school. Does the community garden need attention before spring planting? Grab a few friends and prep the area next weekend.

Ask your counselor for a suggestion of a club to join or start a new one this month. Shy about performing in the school musical? Work on the crew so you are a part of the show’s success. Do you play an instrument and your friend likes to sing? Start a duet to play around town or at a local hospital for the patients.

Try something completely new. You joined an exchange program because you are brave and adventurous and curious. New sport? New friends? New opportunity for fun? Go for it!

Ahem... A Word about Grades

Every month the home office reads the grade reports that are filed by your Community Representatives.

Many of you are doing exceptionally well and push yourself to achieve the very best grades. Most of you are doing quite well, safely above the required “C” in each class to stay within the guidelines of the Program. Some of you are not doing very well, and we want to help.

When we send out notifications about grades, it is to motivate you to try harder and to recognize you might need to stay after school for tutoring or even talk to your parents about hiring a private tutor. You must have a minimum of a C in every class -- not just an average of a C overall -- to continue with the program.

You are more than halfway done; stay focused, ask for help, and end the school year as a
big academic success story.
Travel Plans for Spring with your Host Family?
Don’t forget, your CR must file a Travel Release Form for you in advance of the trip. Give him or her time to send it to the Home Office (where it is then sent to your overseas agency and your natural parents) and get it back before your trip. The minute you know your plans, contact your CR or RD.

Eagle Awards Nominations: Due March 1

CRs and RDs:  You can nominate in any category!

Students: Has your Host Family been amazing, including you as their own child at home and supporting you at school? Did they help you work through culture shock and homesickness, and now you cannot imagine life without them? Nominate them for:
Host Family of the Year

Do you have a Teacher or Counselor who has made school the best possible experience for you during your Program? Nominate him or her or your school for:
Teacher of the Year
High School of the Year

Parents: Think about the incredible growth you have witnessed in the students since August. Consider these categories and nominate your student today. A photo and a short description of how the student has impressed you is all it takes to place a nomination for:
Exceptional Effort
Community Service
Academic Achievement
Outstanding Achievement
Student of the Year
Do you love learning in the U.S. and want to come back next year?  Ask us about Education One, the F-1 visa program run through Face the World.
Host Parent Spotlight

Thirty two years ago, Theresa George hosted her first foreign exchange student. The experience left a lasting impression on her – she still stays in touch with him today – and instilled in her the desire to someday expose her own children to the student exchange experience. She joined Face the World two years ago as a host parent and has served as a Community Representative in Yelm, Washington. She was recently promoted to Regional Director.
One of Theresa’s favorite aspects of being a host parent is simply sharing life with students, especially getting to witness their 'firsts'. She is presently hosting a girl from Brazil who had never seen snow. Over the holidays, they visited Mt. Rainier. “She was just in awe. She could not get enough snow,” Theresa says. “It’s like watching your child take their first step.”
She also loves the feeling of having family around the globe. In addition to hosting a student from Brazil, she hosts a boy from Germany. “Now I feel like I have family in Brazil and Germany; we have family all around the world!” she says.
Hosting students from different cultures is sometimes a challenge. Even hosting students from two different families can be a challenge because each family has its own rules and traditions. However, Theresa says the most important thing is to be open minded and accepting, while remaining firm. It’s a balance, she says.
Saying goodbye is one of the few things Theresa doesn’t enjoy about host parenting. She recalls a tearful exchange at the airport with a student from Thailand. Her son, Cameron, 17 years old at the time, was locked in a hug with North, who had become part of the family. “It broke our hearts when he left,” Theresa says.
Ultimately, Theresa sees hosting as an amazing opportunity. “I wouldn’t change it for the world,” she says. “It has had a positive impact on all three of my children. We have experiences that we will never forget."
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