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Host families needed for Chinese students

Organizers of Nacel Open Door, an international student exchange program, are still looking for host families to house about a third of the 62 Chinese high schoolers who will arrive in Buffalo this month.

The students, who will arrive July 29 and 30, will spend 10 days taking English-as-a-second-language classes, exploring the area and living with American host families.

Families are chosen after an interview process and home visit. They are responsible for providing students with a bed, transportation to and from class every day, and food.

It has been particularly difficult to find host families this year, Nacel state coordinator Patricia Clark said.

"This year has been extremely hard," she said.

Clarke attributed the problem in part to high gas prices. She said her organization has been reaching out to families "just about any way we can."

Bonnie Osadchey will be hosting four students this summer in her Orchard Park home. She was asked to participate by a friend.

"We thought it would be a great idea to show our kids another culture," she said.

Interested families can call the Nacel state office at 627-7081.


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