Exchange student seminar sees interest

New to the position as an area rep for ASSE (an international student exchange program), Barb Duguay was all smiles after the success of an information session here Sunday afternoon that saw some local interest in the program.
“We had four families who have applied to host, and one student wanting to go outward [on an exchange],” she said Monday, adding they’re all first-timers with the ASSE exchange program.
She noted the information session, which was held at the Valley Adult Learning Association (608 B Scott St.), saw some good questions asked, along with the important answers to those questions provided by herself and Pat Clysdale-Cornell, who has experience hosting foreign exchange students.
“For some reason, people seem to think they have to pay for everything when hosting a student,” Duguay said. “In fact, they only have to provide a roof over their heads and food on the table.
“Everything else is covered,” she stressed.
Duguay said the seminar was very successful, yet she’s aware some people who wanted to attend missed it. In response, a second one will be scheduled for sometime in January.
The ASSE program currently has placed seven students in the Kenora-Rainy River districts this school year, and made many more placements before that—all of which have been reported as positive learning experiences.
Those interested in hosting an exchange student, or becoming a student abroad, should call Duguay at 274-3553.
ASSE was founded as the American Scandinavian Student Exchange back in the 1930s as an exchange strictly between American and northern Europe.
But it now serves as an agency to place students anywhere from New Zealand, Germany, and South Africa to Belarus, China, and Kazakhstan.