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Exchange student with celiac disease seeking host family in Georgia

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is looking for a host family in Georgia for a student with celiac disease. CIEE accepts all kinds of families and the main requirement is kindness and willingness to learn about a foreign culture. If you are interested and have the space (need to have own room), read down to learn more about Irene.

Irene, a 15-year-old girl from Spain, is arriving in August for the 2014/2015 school year (10 months), and she needs to be placed with a family that understands the gluten-free diet and the importance of preventing cross contamination when preparing meals. The host family will also ensure a safe school lunch, whether that means packing a sack lunch, or working with the school to determine safe options.

Irene's CIEE profile says, "I am a very cheerful and smiling girl. I am also reliable, funny, friendly, and independent. I like cooking, meeting my friends, writing stories, reading, going to the cinema, staying at home watching series, or movies. I practice swimming and aerobics, and I like dancing. I will study Translation and Interpretation of English and German.

We have really enjoyed hosting Jojo, our Italian exchange student, and our family would highly recommend the experience.It really is adding another member to the family and introducing them to the U.S. in just 10 months. The time goes by quickly, so I recommend scheduling out any day-trips, or excursions in advance. Jojo was pretty easy when it came to preparing meals and snacking. After a couple of months, she was comfortable enough in the kitchen to prepare her own meals and snacks.

All of CIEE's students have the appropriate visa, medical insurance, and pay for their own expenses, with the exception of meals, board, and transportation to school. Irene is arriving in August, so timing is crucial. If you are interested in hosting Irene, please get in touch with Tonya C. DeLozier at CIEE.

Tonya C. DeLozier

mobile: 404-556-6767

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