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Chinese students to arrive in Atascadero Friday

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014

ATASCADERO — This Friday a group of 32 Chinese students will arrive in Atascadero for two weeks to learn about American culture and many of them are still looking for host families.

The students are visiting as part of Cultural Homestay International’s two-week summer program and coordinators Julie Marshall and Becky Evans were still looking for hosts for two girls, 19 boys and two chaperones as of late last week.

The students will arrive this Friday and will spend the full two weeks learning about American customs, the English Language, how our money works, local slang, holiday traditions and more through full immersion in the culture.

Evans and Marshall say that there are very few requirements for families interested in hosting a student. They need to be able to provide some kind of bed, whether it be a blow-up mattress, a cot or a trundle bed, they need to pack occasional lunches for the students and must be able to provide a working bathroom and a ride to classes each morning. The students have their own spending money and medical insurance.

The students will spend their days, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in classes with Evans and Marshall at the First Assembly of God church learning about American culture and sightseeing around downtown Atascadero and other destinations around the county such as San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. In the evenings host families are free to spend time with students however they please, but aren’t required to do anything extra.

“Whatever you’re doing is what they’re doing,” Marshall said. “You can do more with them or you can just be at home.”

For the complete article see the 07-16-2014 issue.

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