BURLINGTON, Vt. – Next week, Burlington High School will welcome dozens of students from China as part of a cultural exchange program, and they’re still looking for families willing to give the students a place to stay.
24 students are set to arrive on Sunday, and the program’s site director said becoming a host family is worthwhile.
“It’s all about being able to have an open mind and heart and a willingness to share with your daily routines,” said Jennifer Haselman. “When you have a student who comes here and they’re excited because they’ve never experienced the things you’ve shared with them, it’s exciting.”
During the day, students will be at Burlington High School learning about everything from State Government to American cooking. They’ll also have the opportunity to visit Vermont landmarks such as Lake Champlain and the State House.
Michele Hirsch, a former host, said the best moments, however, are the small ones. Hirsch also works for Spiral International, a partner with Burlington School District in the program.
“They’re going to remember you as the host family their entire life,” Hirsch said. “The things you showed them, the food they ate, so it doesn’t actually have to be all that complicated because just by being there, you’re memorable.”