ATASCADERO — Who will you welcome into your family? Our host families represent the diversity of American culture, but they all share one thing: their lives have been changed by welcoming exchange students into their homes. A chance to learn about other cultures, provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a teenager, and form a relationship that will stay with you and your family.
Jerry and Lillian Burns, long time Atascadero residents agree. “We have welcomed a number of exchange students into our home over the last several years. Thus far students from ten countries have either spent a night, the summer, or the school year in our home. We have laughed, learned, built relationships and become better human beings. Our bonds with these kids will last a lifetime. Last fall we visited Alessandra in her home in Florence, Italy and Tess in her home in Steinheim, Germany.”
Will Hills and Ritchie Bermudez add “ Welcoming Willy (Germany) and Coco (Taiwan) into our home has been an enriching experience. We loved sharing with them what a wonderful place the Central Coast is to live, but more importantly we are grateful for the opportunity to get to know them and form indelible bonds. We’re already planning our trip to visit Willy in Berlin this fall”.
Consider opening your home to a student for the 2018/2019 school year. Your family will create memories for a lifetime. Contact Lillian Burns, International Exchange Coordinator at (805) 459-9873 or [email protected]
EF High School Exchange is operated by EF Educational Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-profit corporation designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate a J-1 student exchange program. (Exchangeyear.org)
Photo captions: Hosts Jerry and Lillian Burns with Alessandra (Italy) and Tess (Germany) AHS Class of 2017.
Host dads. Will Hills and Ritchie Bermudez with Willy (Germany) AHS Class of 2018. (Contributed photos)