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Hosting an International Student with ELS

June 20, 2013

Each year, ELS contributes to the rich diversity of the
neighborhoods surrounding Concordia University by welcoming in students from
all over the world.  Our host families play a vital role in acquainting
students to the area and helping them bring memories of Portland back
home.  ELS Language Centers is in need of
caring, supportive families to host international students in their homes for a
short-term commitment at the end of July. 


Between July 21st-Aug 4th, ELS will receive a
group of Japanese students aged 13-16. This JST youth group
comes to Portland twice a year and their excitement and energy is felt by
everyone involved. If hosting an international student interests you, this is a
great way to introduce yourself to the experience through a brief, two week
stay.  Host families provide breakfast and dinner, the opportunity for
students to speak English, support, and insight into American culture. 
Families are compensated with a stipend for increased food and utility
costs.  If you would like to share your culture and learn about others,
have an extra bedroom available and live within a 45 minute commute from
Concordia by public transport, please email or call Ashley Krant at akrant@els.edu or 503-493-6281 to complete an
application and schedule a home visit.


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This is a great program and I have hosted several students through Concordia University and JST in Japan! It is a wonderful family experience - please consider being a host family!

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