Seek host family for a french exchange student having peanut allergy

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2004 - 3:33am
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Dear everyone,

My name is Astrid. I'm working for a French organization that enables exchange students to spend a year in the USA. Our American partner is ASSE.
My problem is that one of our candidate wants to be an exchange student in the US, but we can not find any host family for her because she has a peanut allergy. She never had any difficulty during 16 years, but people are afraid she may smother and worse...
That is why I'm trying to get an advise or find a host family who could host her from August 2004 until June 2005. I will need an answer befor mid-july. If you have a family member who has this type of allergy, maybe it would be easier for you to understand her.

Please, help us to find a host family by talking to your relatives.
I was an exchange student in 1998-1999 in the USA. This French girl is so motivated that it would be a pitty if she could not go there. It is her dream and she never thought one day, her allergy would be such a problem.

Thank you very much for your attention, your time and your help.

Write me back on my email, please.

Astrid

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/2004 - 3:22am
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Hi Astrid,
My heart goes out to the girl --- I know how it can be. I will ask around with the PA families I know. This sounds like a fabulous opportunity for both the host family and the exchange student. I'd be interested, but our local school district is hostile enough to peanut allergic kids and their considerations that I have had to take my own children out and educate them at home. I don't think they'd extend themselves for an exchange student.
Still, I hope you will find a host family in a allergy-friendly district and make this girl's dream come true. (s)
Kay

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/2004 - 9:31am
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What State are you looking for a host in?
If we could get more information maybe someone in that State with PA or PA family members could host.

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/2004 - 11:27pm
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In any state.
Actually a host family is volunteer and just share her life with the student. It's a cultural experience and we prepare our students for the experience which is really enriching (both for the host family and the student). I was an exchange student in 1998 in Maryland and i had a wonderful year, that is why today I work for this organization.
The student can be hosted anywhere in the States.
Thanks for your precious help.
Quote:Originally posted by toomanynuts:
[b]What State are you looking for a host in?
If we could get more information maybe someone in that State with PA or PA family members could host. [/b]

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/2004 - 11:29pm
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Many thanks for your help and support. This girl will be placed in a high school, so I do not know if it can be very difficult to find a "host school" as well??
I wish you good luck with your kids and education. I hope her dream will come true as well!
Astrid
Quote:Originally posted by Kay B:
[b]Hi Astrid,
My heart goes out to the girl --- I know how it can be. I will ask around with the PA families I know. This sounds like a fabulous opportunity for both the host family and the exchange student. I'd be interested, but our local school district is hostile enough to peanut allergic kids and their considerations that I have had to take my own children out and educate them at home. I don't think they'd extend themselves for an exchange student.
Still, I hope you will find a host family in a allergy-friendly district and make this girl's dream come true. (s)
Kay[/b]

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/2004 - 1:18am
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How long is she looking to stay? 6 months? A year?
Sorry - I reread it and found the dates. Will talk to my husband and ask around.
[This message has been edited by Lisa V (edited June 21, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/2004 - 3:13am
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Wow, you are all wonderful!! I could only find kind people like you in the US! I'm waiting for your news. Thank you very much.
Astrid
Quote:Originally posted by Lisa V:
[b]How long is she looking to stay? 6 months? A year?
Sorry - I reread it and found the dates. Will talk to my husband and ask around.
[This message has been edited by Lisa V (edited June 21, 2004).][/b]

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/2004 - 11:59pm
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Quote:Originally posted by muguet71:
[b]Wow, you are all wonderful!! I could only find kind people like you in the US! I'm waiting for your news. Thank you very much.
Astrid
[/b]
Hmmm. Some of us are also in Canada. We're just as kind...

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/2004 - 1:14am
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Sorry,
I just know the US atmospehre, where people are used to help each other... which is not as usual here in france. But I'm sure we always find great people everywhere... I was just extremely happy to get so many answers, because I really want this french PA girl to have the opportunity to make her dream come true... ;o)
Quote:Originally posted by darthcleo:
[b] Hmmm. Some of us are also in Canada. We're just as kind...
[/b]

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 8:15pm
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The girl is also allergic to pet hair and can not live with them except in the house.
If you are interested in hosting her, please join our partner:
[url="http://www.world-heritage.org"]www.world-heritage.org[/url]
Thank you very much.

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 8:17pm
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I did a mistake!
The girl is also allergic to pet hair and can not live with them except IF THEY LIVE OUTSIDE the house.
If you are interested in hosting her, please join our partner:
[url="http://www.world-heritage.org"]http://www.world-heritage.org[/url]
Thank you very much.

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