WHO: PARENTS INTERESTED IN WDS FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM
WHAT: WDS FOREIGN EXCHANGE NIGHT POTLUCK
WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 31ST 7PM
WHERE: WDS BRIDGE BUILDING
See The Exchange Student Video HERE
Read the letter from Josh below the pictures…
A Message from Josh, WDS Exchange Student Coordinator and Teacher
It is easy to notice that for the last few years Woodstock Day School’s exchange students have been an integral part of the community. With home countries ranging from Denmark to Germany to France, these students have easily integrated into our community and have added a unique perspective for the students, faculty, staff, and parents. Both teachers and students cherish exchange student conversations and although the exchange students learn immensely from the experience, I do believe that it is the Day School and the host families that benefit exponentially. As the Exchange Student Coordinator for the school, I am constantly in contact with host parents and have heard multiple times that their exchange student has truly become part of the family. In fact, many previous exchange students have come back to visit as well as host families visiting their exchange student families in their native country.
As of now, our host family community is fairly small. The exchange program has not been publicized greatly, so host families have remained consistent with previous years. That being said, we are currently at a time where the Day School can manage additional exchange students, thus allowing for the possibility of an even more international feel on campus. On Thursday, May 31st at 7PM, the Woodstock Day School will be having a Potluck in the Bridge Building. This will be a way to not only provide information to potential hosts about the program but it will also be a way to see both host family and exchange student perspectives during a Q&A session by our current hosts and exchange students, Francois, Arthus, and Oliver.
If you are interested in hosting an exchange student for next year or simply would like to learn more about the program (with some good food), I encourage you to come by May 31st at 7PM. Please note that if you may not be able to host but know of someone who may be interested (even outside of the Day School Community), please pass along the information. I am excited for a strong Exchange Program next year and hope to see you next Thursday!
I can rave about both host and exchange student experiences as much as possible but the best evidence of our Exchange Student success can be seen through an Exchange Student interview. If you have time to view the video below, please see what Sabine, a French Exchange student from last year, has to say.