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Seeking Host Families for Rotary Exchange Student for 2019-20 School Year

We have all enjoyed having Juanfe as an important addition to our club this year! Looking ahead to next school year, our club is going to be hosting Klara, a dynamic 17 yr old girl from Sweden who will be attending Summit High School as a full time exchange student. We are actively seeking three host families who live in the Summit High School zone for about 3 months each who can help provide a safe and caring home, support and exposure to our culture, and allow her to flourish during her school year abroad.

Approximate host periods are:

• Host Family #1: mid-August to Thanksgiving

• Host Family #2: Thanksgiving to Spring Break

• Host Family #3: Spring Break to late June

There is no compensation for being a host family although the club does give the student a $175 monthly allowance to help cover basic expenses and activities plus funds for participation in sports and activities (e.g. a ski pass or comparable). She is not allowed to drive so transportation to/from school will need to be provided (biking or walking or taking the bus is a perfectly acceptable option).

Here is a little more about Klara:

• She has taken 10 years of English and is fluent so language/communication will not be an issue at all

• She has one older brother (22) and lives with both parents (Bengt and Karin)

• She is active and outgoing – participates in competitive swimming, and plays piano and saxophone

• She is a big sports fan! American football, rugby, basketball and hockey

• She is in the Swedish junior military program – kind of like National Guard for youth

• England is the only other country she has traveled to so this will be her first time in the US!

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions about being a Host Family (or know of potential leads for me to approach), please contact Bruce Abernethy at 541-771-0463 or

It is important that we line up Host Families soon - especially the first Host Family - as Klara can't even apply for her visa until that information has been determined.

Click here to see a video on how Rotary makes a difference, helping mothers and children across the globe.


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