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Host Family Opportunities Available

By July 27, 2017 OLMA Headlines
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Dear OLMA Families and Friends,

Have you ever thought about hosting an exchange student?  If so, we invite you to join our resident Rotarian, Mary Jane Kinkade, and representatives from the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee to find out more.

For those of you who were part of OLMA last year, you’ve no doubt heard of Marina Dolz.  Marina arrived last August and spent an entire school year with us at OLMA.  She was hosted by three OLMA families — the Durhams, McNelias and Bakers.  Each family hosted Marina for 3-4 months — and would have kept her forever if they could!

Marina returned to Spain earlier this month — after having the time of her life this past year.  Not only did she become part of the OLMA family, but she explored many of our nation’s landmarks, learned about U.S. history and culture, and accompanied her host sisters on college visits. She loved her time here so much that she is hoping to return for college after she graduates next spring.

Just before she left, SNJ Today came to OLMA to do a short story about Marina and her experiences in South Jersey.  Take a look here.

In late August, OLMA will become the home away from home for another Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  She will be a senior and is from Italy.  She is a wonderful young woman — an excellent student, involved in sports and many other extracurricular activities, is an officer in her local Interact club, and more.

She will be hosted by the D’Adamo family from August until just before Christmas.  We are looking for two additional host families for her. While an OLMA family is ideal for hosting, your friends and/or relatives are also welcome to participate.

If you have any interest, or are simply curious about how it all works, we encourage you to attend the information/training session on Monday, August 14th, at 6:30 PM.  It will take place at the Rotary District 7640 Office located at:

470 North Delsea Drive
(Bank of America Building – Second Floor)
Vineland, New Jersey 08360

Please RSVP to Mrs. Kinkade at:  mrs.kinkade@olmanj.org or by calling (856) 697-2008).  Hosting a student will change you life for the better in ways that you could never imagine.  Come find out more — and feel free to reach out to one of Marina’s host families with questions.  Thank you.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Marina Dolz