Volunteer families needed for foreign exchange students

(WTNH)– It’s back to school for students in Connecticut. But some teens looking for an opportunity at education may be left out unless people step in and help out.

Right now there’s dozens of foreign exchange students ready to come here for an American education, except there aren’t enough volunteer families to host them during their stay.

The American Institute of Foreign Study is based here in Connecticut and they tell News 8 that for the first time ever, they’re having trouble finding hosts for all their students. They normally place about 800 students a year.

Most of the students remaining are from Germany. And all of them are high school age.

“It’s actually a form of public diplomacy. Bringing theses students in, they learn more about America and get a real positive and interesting view into American life. Then we also learn more about other cultures,” said Melanie French, AIFS Foundation.

We’ll take a closer look at what local families can do tonight on News 8 at 5 p.m.

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