By Amanda Haines, Communications Specialist
Gaining exposure to a new culture is easy, affordable, and exciting when families host international students in their homes. Pierce College is now seeking host families for several international students this academic year.
An informational meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, in the Lakewood Library Meeting Room, 6300 Wildaire Road SW. Pierce College’s international team will be available to explain the host family process and qualifications, answer questions, and share experiences and information. All are welcome to attend.
Most Pierce College international students are college-age but may be older or younger. And, while students may come from all over the globe, most are from different parts of Asia. Students have basic to advanced English language skills and will be taking classes at Pierce College. They will be looking to their host families to help them learn American culture.
“Families really enjoy the cultural learning both they and the students get,” said Angela Parisotto, Pierce College’s international homestay coordinator. “It’s a great cultural exchange for all involved.”
Students pay a monthly reimbursement to host families to cover additional expenses. In exchange, host families provide the student with their own furnished bedroom and meals (several meal options are available), and live no farther than a short commute by bus from either Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood or Pierce College Puyallup. Family members must also arrange for a home visit and provide a list of references, attend an orientation session for new host families, and pass a background check.
To learn more about hosting an international student, call Angela Parisotto at (253) 964-6593