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Friday, June 12, 2009


Host families needed for Turkmenistan exchange students

Have you ever wanted to be a host family to a foreign exchange student?

As some of you may be aware, Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) is in the unique position of having a sister-school in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan.

Last year the State Department agreed to fund an exchange program, wherein CCHS hosted two students from our Turkmen sister-cities, Gulnara and Vepa.

The two students spent six months living with host families, attending classes and extracurricular activities, learning about America and contributing much to the lives of our students, faculty and community.

Last year’s program received formal accolades from both State Representative Cory Atkins and from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and has been funded by the US State Department once again, this time for a full year’s exchange.

We are now seeking host families for the two incoming students. This is a marvelous opportunity to open up America to two young people from a remote part of the world, and to help CCHS students learn more about the global community in which they live. You would also be a vital part of a diplomatic operation.

The following newspaper article and video describe last year’s exchange: and

Details are still being hammered out, but at present it appears that the two Turkmen students are both boys (we will need two separate households) aged 15-16. The students were selected by their own teachers on the basis of grades, maturity, skills in the English language and desire to learn about the United States. Rough dates for the visit would be August 29, 2009 to June 26, 2010. Split half/year hosting could also be an option.

Host families would be responsible for the housing, feeding, care and entertainment of their visiting student. The State Department is willing to provide a small stipend to the student (somewhere around $150 a month). CCHS program coordinator David Nurenberg will organize a weekend trip to New York City or another destination during the year.

Any interested families should contact David Nurenberg ( as soon as possible.

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