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UWFox Seeks Host Families for International Students

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is asking Fox Valley residents to consider “welcoming the world to their home,” as it seeks host families for a small number of international students that are scheduled to study at the Menasha campus during the coming academic year.

Rhonda Uschan, Director of Student Services at UWFox, says that, “This is a great opportunity for selected local residents to become a host family for a year, for a student from Russia or Krgystan. We’re looking for individuals or families that want to share the American culture – and their home – with one of these excellent students. And, it’s a great opportunity for the host family to learn about another culture.”

The responsibilities of the host family include providing a safe and friendly environment for the international student. In addition to providing the student with meals each day, the host family also looks after the student’s general well being. The student is encouraged to find ways to enrich his – or her – American experience while studying at UWFox. And, the host family is to work with the student to provide transportation to and from the campus; public transportation is acceptable, too.

UWFox participates in the Freedom Support Act, which is a program of the Bureau of the Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State. The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) administers the program.

Yevgenia Yegoupova is from Russia, and is International Relations / Political Science major interested in working as a diplomat someday. She enjoys hiking and traveling, loves to read and watch TV. She recently completed a year of study at the Far Eastern State University in Russia.

Bakytbek Tokubek uulu is from Kyrgstan, and is interested in American Studies. He recently completed one year of study at the American University – Central Asia. He has taught the English language, and has had experience working with American Peace Corps Volunteers. He likes to listen to music, watch the news, and be with friends.

Individuals or families that are interested in obtaining more information about being a host family, or about the program should contact Uschan, at 920-832-2620, or email rhonda.uschan@uwc.edu.

Posted 7/30/2003