Host family needed for German student

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 5, 2014

LBW has been selected to participate in the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), a program funded by the German and U.S. governments to give young German professionals the opportunity to live in the U.S. and study at a local college. They also have the opportunity to seek an internship with a local employer.

Now, LBWCC president Dr. Herb Riedel is looking for a local host family for Julia, the 22-year-old German student who will spend the school year in Andalusia if a family can be found.

Students are required to buy a car and cover their own personal expenses. Host families are asked to provide a private bedroom and the equivalent of two meals per day, and receive a small monthly stipend to help defray costs.

Riedel said this is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in learning more about a different culture, helping to internationalize the community, or making a difference in someone’s life by sharing theirs.

In a letter she wrote to prospective host families, Julia explained that she has studied at a business-oriented vocational college and has completed and internship. She finished her apprenticeship as an industrial business management assistant in June 2014.

She enjoys horseback riding, going to the gym, music and travel.

If a local host family is identified, Julia will arrive in August and begin classes at LBW Aug. 18. She has an option of enrolling in a full course load for the first semester and doing an internship the next, or splitting her time between school and work during both semesters.

There is an application process for families, and someone from the college will do a home visit with applicants, Riedel said.

Those interested in becoming host families or providing an internship should contact the college at (334) 881-2212.