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Lower Valley families sought to host exchange students

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Several of the 2017-18 exchange students from Fox Chapel Area as they prepare to march in a local holiday parade.
Several of the 2017-18 exchange students from Fox Chapel Area as they prepare to march in a local holiday parade.

Lower Valley residents are sought to host foreign exchange students for the 2018-19 school year.

The matches would be made through AFS, a group that seeks to promote peace through cultural understanding, O’Hara volunteer Carol Huff said.

High school students come to the United States from 60 different countries.

“While most students in our area have been placed, there are great students from Japan, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Jordan and Senegal that still need homes for the coming school year,” Huff said.

AFS seeks to match Fox Chapel Area families with students who have similar interests, whether its sports, music, reading, movies or volunteering.

“A host family can change a person’s life forever as well as changing their own,” Huff said.

“Students are eager to learn about US culture, share theirs with their family and improve their English.”

Huff said students are likely to benefit from the opportunity.

Requirements are few and include a bed, a place to hang clothes and a place to study. Students bring their own spending money but the host family is responsible for meals.

Huff said the match can be a great opportunity for single adults, families with children and empty nesters alike.

For information, contact Huff at 412-848-8095 or visit

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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