Dear Fly Fishing Community, I am Katja from Aspect Foundation, an international student exchange non-profit and I am reaching out to you with a bit of an unusual question: I'm trying to find a host family for an exchange student from Russia who will be coming to study in the United States for the 2014-2015 high school year. Simon is 15 years old and he greatly enjoys fishing in the sea and in lakes so I think he would make a wonderful addition to a fly fishing family. He greatly enjoys doing all sorts of sports, but also enjoys cooking and being part of the drama group at his school at home. His parents describe him as a kind, friendly and mature young man. We have a very brief profile set up for Simon here: http://services.aspectfoundation.org/st/index.php/st_search/profile/UY4-RBA-501-M Federal regulations prevent us from sharing any more details about Simon with the general public. If anyone in the fly fishing community is potentially interested in hosting him, we ask that you please fill out an inquiry on our homepage: http://services.aspectfoundation.org/hf … hf_inquiry Once your family has been screened, you can view Simon’s full application along with his pictures. In the meantime, you can already read Simon’s letter on his public profile. As a host families you will be required to provide three meals a day, some sort of transportation to school (which can be a school bus, a ride with another student or giving them a ride themselves should the high school be on their way to work, for example) and a bed for Simon (which can be in a shared room with a host brother of about the same age or in private room). But most importantly it's welcoming Simon as a member of your family for whom the same rules, chores and rights apply. Due to legal regulations we are not allowed to compensate the families for hosting. However, host families can claim a $50 tax exemption for each month they host. For all other activities or special food requirements our students bring their own spending money. If a family quite understandably hesitates to commit to hosting Simon for an entire school year, but would still be interested in hosting, they may be interested in becoming a Welcome Family for Simon. This way they would help Simon get settled at school and in the community during his first month in the US. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions about hosting Simon or about the general idea of hosting a foreign exchange student. You can reach me by phone at 800-879-6884 or by email at [email protected]. The Aspect Foundation has been promoting cross-cultural engagement through study abroad for 30 years. I was actually a German exchange student myself in Wisconsin 15 years ago with the Aspect Foundation so I know first hand what a wonderful and rewarding (and most of the time life-long) experience hosting a foreign exchange student can be for both the student and the host family. Thank you so much for the opportunity to reach out to you! I greatly appreciate your consideration and am looking forward to answering any questions you may have. Best regards, Katja Katja Fleck Aspect Foundation Email [email protected] Free 800-879-6884 Tel 415-228-8050 Fax 415-228-8051 Students: Explore our Study Abroad Opportunities! www.aspectfoundation.org Families: View our New Students and Apply to Host Online!