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International students and their families select Westside Christian High School for a number of reasons. They value Westside Christian’s academic excellence, small class size, extracurricular opportunities, faith, facility, and location.
This month is when international students and agencies begin contacting us, filling out applications, and undergoing Skype or on-site interviews. They are anxious about knowing where they will live and with whom. We are looking for host families who have current students attending Westside Christian or alumni families.
Sometimes there are mid-year needs that come up and we look for families who would be willing to take a student for the second semester to finish out the year. It can be a good way to get a shorter trial run, to see if you would want to commit to an entire year of hosting. We are also looking for hosts for the whole duration of the 2019-2020 school year.
In the spring, we will host a preview evening that highlights the joys and challenges of being a host to an international student at Westside Christian. We have a panel of current and past Westside host families who share their experience and field your questions. In addition, we usually have a group of current international students who share how they have been blessed by their host families.
If you have any questions concerning how to initiate the process for being considered as a host family, please contact Don Westerberg, International Student Director, at Westerberg@wchsonline.org or call him at (503) 697-4711, ext. 1232.
Note: A monthly stipend of $700/month is given to the host family to provide for room, board, and transportation for the duration of the 10 months/year.
Westside’s 2nd annual Cultural Gala is this week! Friday night, April 6, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, you can travel the world, eat traditional dishes, and hear some compelling stories. As you walk in you will be transported to the larger world of Westside where your international friends from eight different countries will be waiting to share. Some will be hosting a table in the Commons with a personal perspective on their own country. Some will be hosting an entire classroom to give a unique window into their culture. A few will be interviewed on stage in the auditorium to give a brief slice of their own story, and how Westside has become a part of it. And it’s all free!
We hope to see you there!
Last week Mr. Westerberg and some of our brand new international students used a Hebrew Rosh Hashana tradition of apples dipped in honey to express a blessing on each other to have a sweet new year. We have 34 international students from 8 different countries as part of our student body.
Here’s wishing them all a sweet new year in their new home!