Monday, January 12, 2009

Will Obama Stimulus Help Foreign Exchange Students?

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Barack Obama has promised to restore America’s place in the world community, and one man hopes that includes getting Americans to host foreign exchange students.

Kevin Donaker-Ring, president of the Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, says he’s been flooded with applications from foreign students ever since Obama’s victory this past November.

However, there is a shortage of host families and he worries that some people are giving up a great opportunity to instill positive American values out of needless terrorism fears and the economic worries of another mouth to feed.

He also admits Wilmer Valderrama’s foreign exchange student character in That ’70s Show hasn’t helped either.

Donaker-Ring believes that if Obama emphasizes the positive effects foreign exchange programs have on promoting good relationships with Americans and their international counterparts, more host families will sign up.

Another plus is that many of the teens who participate in the programs are excellent students and can help American students in subjects like math or science.

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