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By Oksana Pavliouk on Saturday, March 29, 2003 - 8:31 pm: Edit Post

Dear VA Peace Corps Volunteers!

I was researching the National Peace Corps Association website and came across your site. I took the liberty to email you because our work is very connected with high school students from 33 different countries and we hope to make a difference by bringing the world to our American families. May be, you can recommend us to one of your colleagues and their families:

I am a Regional Director for the Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), a non-profit grass-root educational foundation; headquartered in New York. PAX promotes international peace, friendship and understanding through the cross-cultural exchange and education of world citizens. Our program brings high school students from all over the world to come to the United States for an academic year, live with an American host family, study in a public high school and learn the true values of the democratic society. Our students come to the U.S. with big dreams, big hopes to learn the daily life of American people, be part of an American family and learn the American spirit of volunteerism!

Recently, we found out that more and more families decide not to take a foreign student. People have other things on their minds these days, whether it is the war in Iraq, a personal illness, a family or friend in need, or simply the constraints of a job or daily life. We are in the same boat like everybody else. But we try to remind our communities the reasons why the United States is the first country to have so many hosting families annually, why we do foreign exchange and why we work with teenagers. What can be better than the rush of good feelings when we tell a girl in South Korea or Thailand that she has a home in America, how exciting it is to get that first email from a student you will host and sense their excitement, and how good it feels to realize that you have a son or daughter in the other part of the world!

In these troubled times, it brings a lot of comfort to know that life does go on, that we can prevail over the fear and the anxiety by continuing to do what we do and by bringing more people into the PAX family so we can broaden our own support network to promote peace and understanding. All our students have good English skills and curious minds, they have full medical insurance and monthly allowance to cover their lunches at school, clothes/toiletries, calling cards, etc. The host family is asked to provide a bed, a quiet place to study, meals taken at home and a warm, supportive environment. Host families come in all shapes and colors! Families with teens or young children, retired couples or single parents are welcome to apply!

If you know anybody who might be interested in hosing an adorable PAX student, please email or call me back at 1-800-555-6211, ext. 302 for more information! Our excellent community coordinators provide the ongoing support to both the students and families and are available to meet with potential hosts. This is, indeed, the most valuable experience we can give to the teens from abroad and truly make a difference, one child at a time!

Thank you again for your ongoing work towards peace!!


Oksana Pavliouk,
1-800-555-6211, ext. 302

By 1747pa on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 11:02 am: Edit Post

June 11, 2003

Dear Retired Volunteer Peace Corps,

I am writing you to introduce volunteer opportunities at the ASPECT Foundation student exchange
program. I am the local coordinator for ASPECT Foundation students and host families.
Here are some important facts about ASPECT Foundation:

A non-profit organization founded in 1985
Offers affordable study-abroad opportunities to students from more than 30 countries
Offers American teens the opportunity to live abroad with host families in ten different countries
Provides local, regional and national support to host families, students and school officials
Sponsors only academic exchanges (5-10 months), not short-term vacation travel
Provides clear, strict rules for students and families to ensure a successful exchange
Provides 24-hour support on a toll-free line: 800-US YOUTH
Surveys all participants twice a year and strives for excellence in service to school officials, families and students
Designated by the US Government as an official exchange visitor program
Granted full listing for the 2002-2003 school year by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
When you welcome an international exchange student to your homes, you not only give a young person the opportunity to learn about the United States first-hand; you also give our American youth exposure to different cultures and different ways of thinking. In a very positive way, you contribute to the building of a more interdependent and peaceful world.

I would like the opportunity to meet with you and share further the benefits of bringing the world into your home. In the meantime, please feel free to call me at 571-242-1309 or 703-437-5680 if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Dan L. Pe
ASPECT Foundation International Coordinator

By doreensocia ( - on Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - 4:48 pm: Edit Post

Would a RPCV from Norfolk or surrounding area please get in touch with me????

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