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Woodstock library to host info session on foreign exchange

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 1:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 12:10 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Families looking to be on either end of a high school student exchange program are invited to an informational event Wednesday at the Woodstock Public Library.

Volunteers and former students of AFS Intercultural Programs/USA will talk about study abroad opportunities and their own experiences at the event. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a formal presentation slated for 7:15 to 8 p.m. at the library, 414 W. Judd St., Woodstock.

AFS is looking for families in Woodstock and surrounding areas to host foreign exchange students.

Families provide meals and a bed, share their daily lives with students and help guide and support their students as they would their own children, according to a news release from AFS.

Volunteer Becky Deignan will present Wednesday on hosting, as well as study abroad opportunities and scholarships. Junior Mercado and Natalie Schulz, who studied abroad in Brazil and Germany, respectively, will be available to talk about their experiences.

AFS-USA sends about 1,000 U.S. students abroad each year and welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students. The organization grants about $3 million in scholarships each year, the release said.

For more information, call 800-AFS-INFO, ext. 3316, or email Deignan at

–Northwest Herald

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