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They are in need of a family to host the Guatemalan student starting in January

SUBMITTED PHOTO: JANE FILIAULT - Lake Oswego student Jane Filiault on exchange in Brazil last summer. To keep this program going, Rotary is looking for a host family in LO for an exchange student from Guatemala.Lake Oswego families have a unique opportunity to connect with people around the world, thanks to an exchange program created through a partnership between the Lake Oswego and Kruse Way Rotary clubs.

The Lake Oswego Rotary Club will soon welcome an exchange student from Guatemala, and they are looking for a family to host him.

He will arrive in August and begin the school year at one of Lake Oswego's two high schools. The Rotary Club has secured a host family for the young man for the first semester of school, but are in need of a second host family beginning in January. The student must have their own bedroom, and the family would ideally have a student in high school.

Megan Filiault, who hosted an exchange student from Taiwan last year while her daughter Jane was on exchange in Brazil. "We decided to host a student because we wanted to share in the experience with Jane and thought hosting would be a good way to learn about what her experience was like, just on the other end as host parents," said Filiault. "We also wanted to learn about a foreign country and share about ours."

Filiault said she would recommend hosting an exchange student to other families. "It is a fabulous experience, and not a lot of work because the kids that come to study abroad are very bright and active kids who want to participate in everything," she said. "Their energy and excitement about being in the United States is contagious."

Rotary is also seeking a mentor for the exchange student, according to Rotary Exchange Program Chair Ken Jensen. He is looking for "someone who will check in with the student at least every couple of weeks and with his host family at least once a month, to make sure that things are all going okay," Jensen said. "This is one of the most rewarding jobs one could undertake for (Rotary) club."

If you're interested in either position, contact Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. For more information on Lake Oswego Rotary visit www.lakeoswegorotary.com.


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