Gold Canyon resident Jennifer Rhine-Walker is the new local coordinator for International Cultural Exchange Services.
“I have lived in the Phoenix East Valley for a little over a year and am loving it here. My husband and I hosted an exchange student from Germany for the 2019-20 school year while we lived in Indiana and we loved the experience,” she said in a release. “We wished we had started hosting while our three sons still lived at home instead of waiting until we were empty nesters.”
Rhine-Walker has always been interested in the various cultures of the world and loves traveling, she said.
“I’m excited to work with exchange students because I think it can be an amazingly positive and rewarding experience for them and for their host families. I truly wish all students that wanted an exchange year were able to do it,” Rhine-Walker said.
She is excited for this new opportunity to work with international high school students and the local families who host them and feels that having exchange students in our local schools and communities increase mutual understanding and improves relationships between countries, the release states.
Rhine-Walker will be working with families and schools in Gold Canyon and in the surrounding area.
She is looking for families who would like to host for the 2022 school year. Exchange students live as a member of the host family — not a guest or boarder. They participate in family activities, follow host family rules and help with chores. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses; host families provide room and board and loving parental guidance to the student, according to the release.
As the local coordinator, Rhine-Walker is available to answer questions, give advice and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience. For more information about hosting or working with International Cultural Exchange Services, contact Jennifer Rhine-Walker at 219-608-8939 or email@example.com.
The local coordinator job is a part-time position that provides a supplemental income, according to the International Cultural Exchange Services website at icesusa.org.
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