TravelHost Welcomes PeopleLink Students

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT size=3><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">On July 13 and 14, Rochester Families will welcome 130 students from </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">China</SPAN></st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> to the </SPAN><st1:City><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Rochester</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> area for a three-week educational and cultural&nbsp;exchange through&nbsp;PeopleLink.</SPAN></FONT></P>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT size=3><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">PeopleLink was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization that offers Homestay programs in </SPAN><st1:country-region><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Canada</SPAN></st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> and the </SPAN><st1:country-region><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">U.S.A.</SPAN></st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> which are designed to provide a total immersion experience for international students in a culture and language different from his/her own.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The PeopleLink hosting program began in the </SPAN><st1:City><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Rochester</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> area in 2004.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>This year through PeopleLink, families here will welcome 130 students ranging in age from 10 years to 17 years.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The students reside with local families, usually for three weeks, attend classes during the day and enjoy weekly field trips to local and regional attractions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT size=3><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Karen Cardon, the local PeopleLink Coordinator for the Program, commented, ‘We still have openings for about 35 more families who would enjoy hosting an international exchange student from July 14 through August 4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>One group of 17 students that will be staying in </SPAN><st1:country-region><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Greece</SPAN></st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> and attending the </SPAN><st1:place><st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Learning</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceType><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Center</SPAN></st1:PlaceType></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> at </SPAN><st1:place><st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Craig</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Hill</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceType><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">School</SPAN></st1:PlaceType></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">, will arrive on July 13 and stay only two weeks in order to travel on for stays in </SPAN><st1:City><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Philadelphia</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"> and </SPAN><st1:place><st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">Washington</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">, </SPAN><st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">D.C.</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’">’ <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"><FONT size=3>’Host families include the students in family activities and meals, drop them off for classes in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Depending on age, most of the students have a fair to good command of English and by the time they leave, they communicate easily.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The farewell party is always very heartfelt for the families and the students,’ explained Cardon.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"><FONT size=3>Carol White Llewellyn, Associate Publisher for <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">TravelHost of Rochester &amp; the Finger Lakes</I>, spoke about PeopleLink and the experience of hosting international exchange students: ‘PeopleLink provides an amazing opportunity for these students and their Host families to share a rich cultural exchange.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Last year, our family hosted two students. One of our students, at age 14, was already a master calligrapher.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Hosting was a remarkable experience and we are still in touch with her and several other young people who came here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>This type of exchange is invaluable in fostering international understanding and communications.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The young people who come here are tomorrow’s leaders, so the hospitality and welcome they receive will echo into the future.’ <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>Families interested in hosting a student are invited to get in touch with Carol White Llewellyn.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: ‘Arial Narrow’"><FONT size=3>In addition to helping PeopleLink recruit host families, <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">TravelHost of Rochester &amp; the Finger Lakes</I> will provide copies of the May/July and July/September issues of the magazine to each student, make presentations about the region to the classes, and through a partnership with Ganondagan, will provide a complimentary ticket for each student to attend Ganondagan’s Native American Music &amp; Dance Festival. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>

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