(WTNH)– It’s back to school for students in Connecticut. But some teens looking for an opportunity at education may be left out unless people step in and help out.
Right now there’s dozens of foreign exchange students ready to come here for an American education, except there aren’t enough volunteer families to host them during their stay.
The American Institute of Foreign Study is based here in Connecticut and they tell News 8 that for the first time ever, they’re having trouble finding hosts for all their students. They normally place about 800 students a year.
Most of the students remaining are from Germany. And all of them are high school age.
“It’s actually a form of public diplomacy. Bringing theses students in, they learn more about America and get a real positive and interesting view into American life. Then we also learn more about other cultures,” said Melanie French, AIFS Foundation.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."