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|From: JoycePlath (JoycePlathaol.com)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 09:20:14 -0700 (MST)|
My son Tim is also going abroad to France this fall with AFS, just a couple of months after we move into our cohousing community in Arcata, Ca. I am hoping that Marsh Commons will be able to host as a community in a year or two. It would be a terrific way to introduce another young person into our community, giving everyone an opportunity to expand their understanding of the world. My family has hosted three times, twice when Tim, now l5, was in early junior high and his older brother was in high school. This year we have a student from Belgium. Tim says that having foreign students as big brothers when he was young went a long way toward encouraging him to develop an interest in languages and travel. This year I have volunteered to locate local host families for next year. The process is similar to talking to folks about cohousing. Some get is right away and others aren't certain. The issues of privacy vs larger community , time , money, and risk (what if we don't like each other?) keep coming up. It seems to me that cohousing will make hosting a kid a lot easier for a host family and richer for the student. If anyone out their is interested in hosting but cannot locate their local AFS chapter,I can put you in touch. Joyce Plath
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