From my email: Vietnamese Exchange Student

This came in my email.
I will probably do this in a few more years 🙂


Since you know of families who have adopted children from Vietnam, I am contacting you because I am looking for families to host Vietnamese exchange students for an academic year while they go to high school. The students arrive in August and stay until June. We really need families in all parts of the country. Our organization, the Center for Cultural Interchange, is a non-profit foreign exchange program that has been around for 25 years. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family with an adopted child from Vietnam to learn about the Vietnamese culture. We also have some students from Cambodia and other parts of Asia (Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand).

Families need to provide meals, transportation, a place to sleep, and a quiet place to study. Above all, they need to be warm and caring, and interested in sharing their American culture. They are not compensated monetarily but receive a great deal of satisfaction from the experience of opening their homes to a foreign exchange student.

Here are a couple of short videos on hosting a CCI foreign exchange student:

I would appreciate it if you could forward this email to any families whom you think might be interested in hosting a Vietnamese or other Asian student.

I would be happy to talk to you more about our organization or answer any questions you may have. Thank you for any support that you can provide! You are helping make a student’s dream of coming to America come true!

Best regards,


Yvonne Lefort, Local Coordinator
Center for Cultural Interchange and Greenheart
Celebrating 25 years in cultural exchange
Tel: (925) 631-9041
Email: | |


1 Comment

  1. Friends of ours have done this. Some have made lifelong friendships, others had a very interesting (but never bad) year. Our local university has a program where we befriend an international student for a year. The student lives in dorms and goes to classes, but we keep in touch, feed them non-dorm food once or twice a month, and generally give them a local family connection. It’s less commitment than hosting a high school student, but still a lot of fun!

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