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Area family needed to participate in cultural exchange

Rutland resident Diane Northrop is interviewing families in Rutland County interested in participating in a cultural exchange experience by hosting an international high school student during the academic school year.

Northrop has recently been named Community Coordinator for PAX, the Program of Academic Exchange. Northrop works full time as an adviser for Spring Lake Ranch AfterCare in Rutland. PAX is a non-profit foundation that provides a U.S. high school and home -stay program for students from over 70 countries in Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. PAX students are between 15 and 18 years old, speak English, have full insurance coverage, and their own spending money.

Students from different countries look forward to living like American teens for a school year - joining sports teams, experiencing high school and participating fully in family life. PAX families are asked to provide students with meals, a place to sleep and study, and a warm supportive environment. Private rooms are not required and single parents, young couples and retirees are welcome to apply.

For information call Northop at (802) 353-5933, email, or visit


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