It’s a long way home for many of the international students attending Lincoln Academy. While the high school offers comfortable dormitories when school is in session, not all of the international students are able to travel home during academic breaks. Of the 70 students attending Lincoln from 17 countries this year, approximately a dozen hope to stay with local families for the holiday break December 20 – January 2.
Recent grad, Phuong Nguyen, from Hanoi, Vietnam had this to share about taking part in a homestay. “I wanted to do a homestay because the culture here is very different from where I am from. I love talking with all kinds of people and learning new things. I got to cook with my host family and learn about the food here and show them the kinds of foods I like too. I love singing, dancing, learning ukulele and visiting new places. With a host family I got to see some more of the community.”
This is Lincoln Academy’s sixth year of having students living on campus. The school’s Resident Life Program offers a wide variety of programs and activities to promote connections between the resident students and the local community such as the Student Ambassadors Program, field trips to nearby natural and historic sites, community service, language study and cultural activities. The homestay program is one more way for students living most of the year in the dormitories to connect with the community.
“Providing a homestay to an international student can be a great opportunity to learn about another culture,” said Jake Abbott, Dean of Students and Director of Resident Life at Lincoln Academy. “Our students see this as a chance to improve their English language skills and get to know the community better. They are surrounded by their peers here in the dorms, but homestays give them a chance to build a relationship with a family and gain better understanding of what it means to live in Maine.”
Host families are needed for the Christmas Vacation December 20, 2018- January 2, 2019 and families can opt to host for all or part of the break. Students are paired in groups of two and a daily stipend is provided to offset the cost of room and board. Lincoln Academy staff are happy to guide families interested in hosting through the process. Please click here to apply to host or request more information.
Questions? Contact Sarah Kennedy in the Residential Life office firstname.lastname@example.org