Host a Chinese/Taiwanese Student This Winter
We are excited to let you know that this year we are again a key player in the Winter China Program. As one of six St. Louis private schools, Priory will include students from both Taiwan and main land China in our version of the Program. We are in need of host families for their short two-week stays in St. Louis. The two programs overlap, since their winter holidays are slightly different. Six Taiwanese students arrive on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, and depart around Saturday, Feb. 6. Eight Chinese students, from the same school in Southern China as last year, arrive a week later, most likely on Saturday, Jan. 30 and depart around Sunday, Feb. 14. The precise dates will depend on flight times once they have been booked.
This is a very exciting opportunity for you and for your son, especially if he is in the Mandarin class. While practicing Mandarin is a direct benefit of hosting, the joys of learning about a different culture, displaying Benedictine hospitality, showing off Saint Louis, and making new friends are all part of the experience. We hope that you will be generous in opening your home and your family for this two-week experience. The time really does go by quickly and the boys spend most of their weekdays in school or on school related trips.
Several parents who presently have boys in the school have hosted in the recent past and they can share with you what it is like. In fact, at least two sets of parents have told us that hosting two students at the same time is almost easier than hosting one. If you are a family that has space, this would be a special gift to the school if you could be a double host. While the Chinese boys are here, they will also be involved in helping out at Xanadu, doing whatever their host brothers are doing. Weekends are left for family outings and boys are expected to be a part of the family during their stay. They all speak English and they love to do American things.
If you are interested in hosting, please email Mr. Gleich or Mr. Finan or call Mr. Gleich on his cell (636-489-8247). We would love to hear from you. We put together a complete itinerary for the boys during their stays, sharing it with parents, and we also assign a day host to each boy. The exchange student spends a good part of each school day attending class with either the their day brother or their host brother.
Gratefully and Hopefully,
Joe Gleich & Tony Finan