peter brant polo Hosting a foreign student well worth it
25 different groups represented at the annual gathering.
The girls quickly caught my eye as I wandered past the line of booths in the balcony.
When I told them I hosted a Ukrainian student last year through a different program, they were shocked that my student came from a different program. AFS, formerly known as the American Field Service, is an intercultural program that seeks to build a more just and peaceful world through international exchange.
The student I hosted came through the Future Leaders Exchange program, which also arranges international exchange stays for students throughout Alaska. The local coordinator is Pam Twitchell.
I could only shrug my shoulders and say, “They asked me first.”
It was well worth it, and I encourage other families to consider opening their homes to foreign exchange students, regardless of the program they choose.
I recommend it to anyone considering participating. It was a positive experience for my family.
Volunteers manned 26 booths representing Italy, Austria, China, Norway, Japan, the Middle East, Africa and more.
Carolyn Gray, who once volunteered with the Peace Corps in Panama, helped out at the Peace Corps booth, along with Tony Gasbarro, who once volunteered in both the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. Their booth was filled with information for prospective Peace Corps recruits.
Entertainment included musicians from the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra,
Suzuki Strings, and a variety of cultural dancers and singers.
The event was held on International Peace Day, which was created by the United Nations in 1982.
Emily Sousa usually finds lost pets for other people.
Now she is the one who needs help locating her lost pet. She even flew back to Fairbanks from Minnesota en route to New York to search for her wandering feline friend.
Simon the cat disappeared from a cat sitter’s house Oct. 9 in Goldstream Valley. The plan had been to fly him to upstate New York once Sousa settled into her new home. Apparently Simon gets carsick, so couldn’t comfortably make the long drive from Alaska.
He is orange and white, and was last spotted at Murphy Dome Road and Coyote Trail on Friday, so Sousa thinks he may be making his way to his former home on Gus’s Grind.
He should be easy to lure in once you spot him. Just call him by name. Simon also likes to play Marco Polo, with meows, according to Sousa.
If you spot Simon, contact Sousa at (503) 703 0690 or via Facebook.
Thanks to all
Thanks to everyone for the hundreds of messages and emails I’ve received about my new position here at the Fairbanks Daily News Miner. I was especially happy to hear from some folks who I have lost touch with over the years.
I feel lucky and honored to have such strong support from so many people, both in and outside Alaska.
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