Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year home-stay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families.

These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange President John Doty, the students are all between 15 and 18, speak English, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and want to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. PIE currently has programs to match almost every family's needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools.

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PIE area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match. As there are no "typical" host families, PIE. can fit a student into just about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family.

Families who host for PIE are also eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student. For the upcoming programs, PIE has students from Germany, Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, Croatia, Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, China, and many other countries.

PIE is a nonprofit educational organization that has sponsored more than 25,000 students from 45 countries since its founding in 1975.

Families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative can call PIE, toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402. The agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for American high school students as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools.