Let’s influence international exchange students to become lifelong runners!

This is not your usual Run Oregon post. This is an appeal to anyone with extra space in their house that would be willing to host a high school exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year.

A co-worker of mine does this occasionally, and has always had a good experience. I tried to get her to bring her exchange student to come to a 5k with a group of my friends, you know, to see vibrant the running community was. She loved the idea … but her student was with a group that had planned activities every weekend. So here’s your chance!

Here’s some information from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), who have a few students looking for a place in the next couple weeks:

We have a several students coming to Oregon for the 2014-15 academic year, and we are seeking assistance in finding them good homes and families that share their interests.  We accept all kinds of families – kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, and so on.  The main requirements are kindness and a willingness to learn about another culture.  Our students have the appropriate visa and medical insurance, and they pay for all of their own personal expenses, with the exception of food and utilities.  The students are between the ages of 15 and 18 and will attend the host family’s local high school.  They are arriving at different times during the next month, and most of them are on a ten month program (although we also have a few semester students). 

Currently, there are a few students whom we are hoping to connect with host families very quickly.  These students will be arriving within the next week or two, and we are hoping to connect them to their American family as soon as possible.  Your help in passing this on, or possibly hosting one of them yourself, would be greatly appreciated

You can learn more, apply to be a host family, and read student profiles on the CIEE website.

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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