Education First (“EF”), the language / cultural exchange program from Boston, MA is looking for host families for foreign students studying English in the US this summer. Could that be you?   

EF offers foreign students (usually high school seniors) the opportunity to study English in the US while staying with local host families.  The New Jersey program sponsored 45 students last year, from Spain, Russia & France.

One host mom of Maplewood, Trent Oliver, recalls, “The experience was a complete surprise.  We signed up for 3 weeks not knowing what to expect. That student happened to be a 17-year old Russian girl named Agata, who was a delight. We saw her mostly at breakfast time when she’d show off what English she’d learned.  Our daughter invited Agata & her Russian friends out several times. At the end of the 3 weeks I found our entire family hugging Agata & her friends goodbye -- while holding back sobs!”

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“The international exchange energized our lives for a couple weeks.  The kids were so grateful. Maybe easier than our own!” confesses host dad, Brian Kelly. 

EF students take accredited English language classes at Kean University in the morning during the week.   Host families drop their student at waiting school buses in the morning -- last year at train stations in Maplewood, Montclair or Westfield.

Afternoons & weekends are organized with supervised cultural events: trips to the Jersey shore, Great Adventure, or perhaps a Yankees game.   The trips to Manhattan, no surprise, are always a highlight. “You’ve made my American dream come true!” proclaimed Sophie, a French girl from Normandie.

Interested in learning more about becoming a host family? Contact, Jeaninne Pfeiffer at 908-481-6077 or stop by the EF Host Family Mingle, CODA Kitchen & Bar, 177 Maplewood Ave. Maplewood, NJ Tuesday February 25, 6:30pm- 8:00 pm.