Students at Glenwood City and Boyceville High Schools will get an extra lesson in geography this year when they welcome new international exchange students.
Francesco Tietolo from Italy and Azra Ibrahimagic from Bosnia and Herzegovina are attending Glenwood City while Ade Harpil from Indonesia, Cholponai Batyrbekova from Kyrgyzstan and Yaiza Granda from Spain are students in the Boyceville school district.
All five students arrived in August to live with local host families and experience the American way of life for an academic year.
Azra is staying with the Greg and Jen Holden and daughters Alexa and Avery of Downing; Francesco is living with Don, Missy and Corey Klatt also of Downing. Frank and Julie Retz of Boyceville are hosting both Ade and Cholponai. Yaiza is living with Kayla and Luke Luepke.
Francesco, Azra, Ade and Cholponai are sponsored by Aspect Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to bridge cultures through international youth exchange.
Aspect Foundation is always seeking families who want the unforgettable experience of hosting an international student. Exchange students are aged 15 to 18, speak English, and have their own spending money and insurance. Volunteer host families provide room, board, and a loving home environment for a semester or academic year.
For more information about hosting an Aspect Foundation international exchange student, call Dixie Klemish at 715-642-1589, the Aspect Foundation national office at 1-800-US-YOUTH or visit http://www.aspectfoundation.org.