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Host Families & Schools Needed For Exchange Students

When exchange students from other countries come to the Keweenaw to study, host families are needed to make sure they get meals and transportation to school functions.

While the deadline for September students has now passed, host families and schools are needed for the next group of students coming in January.

Most students come for one year, but some may only be here for a semester.

Student comes with their own spending money, money for sports and activities, and health insurance.

Interested families can contact Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu for more information or check out icesusa.org.


As a transplant to this area, I know firsthand how warm and welcoming the people of the Keweenaw and the Upper Peninsula are. As an English and Spanish teacher for Baraga Schools, I’ve also realized the importance of exposing young people to new cultures and ways of thinking.

For these reasons, I’ve become certified as a placement coordinator for International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES). It is my goal to bring as many foreign exchange students to our area as possible to enrich students’ lives.

Please help me get the word out that I am looking for host families who are willing to open their homes to a student from overseas, as well as for schools willing to have exchange students enrolled.

The basic responsibilities of hosting are very simple. Provide food and shelter, and treat your new kid like they are one of the family! The benefits to all of us are extraordinary.

Please help me get the word out so we can make this exchange program grow and make the UP a favored destination for young ambassadors around the world! For more information or questions, contact:

Lauren Scherr || Exchange Coordinator

Phone: 586.531.1516

Email: laurenescherr@gmail.com

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