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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:17 AM

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Do you love to travel, taste unique foods, try new experiences or have a desire to learn a foreign language, but are unable to do it in this economy? CCI Greenheart is the solution you have been looking for. CCI Greenheart is a cultural exchange-based organization that matches host families to foreign high school students from all around the globe within Allen, Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties for a one-month or 10-month stay.


With the American lifestyle quickly revolving around technology, it is easy to forget how special face-to-face experiences are and how those experiences truly make each person feel at the end. Think about the last conversation you had with someone face-to-face and what you were able to take from that conversation. Hopefully it was not just information as one would do via text or email; rather, a feeling or feelings should be connected to that conversation. Maybe you felt revived, elated, excited, energetic, curious for more or various other emotions. That is what hosting is all about. It is about the feelings that one obtains by spending great quality time with someone from another country. It can simply be hitting the mall, dinner at home, attending a sporting event or even bigger milestones that a family may be going through, such as a graduation, marriage or an addition to the family.


Hosting an exchange student is meant to be a rewarding experience with very little required financially and physically. If a family is able to open its doors to a student, provide the student with adequate living space, assist them in being a part of the local high school and willing to make sure that their basic needs are met on a daily basis, then they are a family that should join such a great organization as CCI Greenheart. So where do families go from here to be a part of the organization? Simply go to and click on the link “host an exchange student.”

The process is simple and allows families to be well on their way to experiencing other cultures without leaving their local community. Once the initial application step is completed, a local coordinator with CCI Greenheart will contact the family to assist them with the rest of the application process, discuss the desired gender of the student, country of origin and family interests and will then submit to them several preliminary biographies for consideration. It truly is an exciting process to be a part of. Who would not love to host a student from countries such as Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, Hungary, Brazil, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea. The list is truly endless with all of the countries that are represented through CCI Greenheart.

For more information, call Michele Huber, CCI Greenheart Local Coordinator for Allen, Auglaize and Mercer counties, at (419) 584-1038 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:19 AM

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