Two generations host foreign exchange students

Jeanette Liebold Ricker

Pat and Jerry Thome of Fremont, formerly of Clyde, hosted eight international exchange learners from Spain, Switzerland, France and Sweden although their family members was expanding up. All attended Clyde Significant School.

“It was generally a optimistic knowledge,” said Pat. It was favourable plenty of that a 2nd generation is also web hosting exchange students.

The Thomes’ daughter, Ann Thome Kauble, and her spouse, Allen, are hosting their 2nd exchange university student this college 12 months, Sara Fernandez-Garcia from Madrid, Spain. Sara is the daughter of Eva Garcia-Esparza, who was hosted by the Thomes in 1987-88. The Thomes also hosted Eva’s siblings, Luis, Miguel and Blanca in the 1980s and ’90s.

Sara is the 2nd exchange university student hosted by the Kaubles. They hosted Sara’s older brother, Alvaro, through the 2017-18 university calendar year. The Kaubles are mother and father of 4 sons, so acquiring a lady in the blend this calendar year is a new encounter.

“It’s very good for my sons to study what it is like to are living with a lady,” said Ann. The oldest Kauble son lately graduated from Miami University, a different is a 2022 Clyde High Faculty graduate with the remaining two in Clyde High Faculty. The youngest willingly gave up his bedroom to Sara.

Sara came from a large spouse and children and was satisfied to join a large family members throughout her calendar year in the United states. “She is amazing,” stated Ann. “She’s enthusiastic, she would like to check out all the things, she has tons of mates and is effortless to get alongside with.”

Sara was on the girl’s volleyball crew, was in the Drama Club Tumble Perform, Ski Club, Science Club, is managing monitor and participated with Clyde Christian Local community Youth Group (CCYG).

The Kaubles are considering web hosting all over again in the upcoming and Ava’s cousin has previously place in a request. Ava was sponsored by EXIE, Exchange Global..

Two other exchange learners at CHS had been sponsored by Youth for Knowing (YFU). Jeff and Karen MacFarland are nearby get in touch with people today for the organization.

Carrie and Justin Stiltner are hosting  Anna Krokann from Norway. She is their second trade pupil. Their initial university student was hosted January 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic transpired, and the student went household a thirty day period afterwards.

Carrie claimed Anna is eager to make the most of her year here and wanted to attempt new things, like becoming a basketball cheerleader. She was on the soccer workforce, joined ski club and ran monitor. The Stiltners had been not able to have their own family members and found that hosting an trade pupil gave them a style of parenthood, generating this faculty yr with a 17-year-old more unique, claimed Carrie. “We had been fortunate this 12 months,” she said and is searching ahead to web hosting once again in the long term.

Mike and Melissa Taylor are internet hosting Nhan Pham from Vietnam. It was not intended for him to reside with them the complete faculty 12 months, he was set with them on a non permanent basis right until a house could be discovered for him. When that did not happen, he had currently felt comfy adequate with the Taylors to go on to stay with them.

“He’s a silent boy and a very good helper,” Melissa. “He likes assisting Mike with fixing points all around the house and understanding these new abilities.” Acquiring a boy in their property is a new experience for the Taylors, mothers and fathers of daughters. Nhan spoke just about no English when he arrived, but speaks genuinely properly now, mentioned Melissa, who to start with had to stage to issues to communicate.

“He has arrive out of his shell.” She defined that Vietnamese really don’t use facial expressions, but he has a sweet smile and a lot of expressions. He got to reside his American Desire of participating in baseball and went on YFU-sponsored trips to Washington D.C. and New York Town.

No subject the quality level of college students in their country, exchange college students at CHS get pleasure from all the benefits of a senior 12 months. “It helps make it further unique,” claimed Ann Kauble, a Science instructor at CHS.

Jeanette Liebold Ricker writes about Clyde and Environmentally friendly Springs. Call her at 419-547-8177 or by email at [email protected] 

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