Exchange student girls looking for a home

International Exchange Co-ordintor Gloria Williams of Bradley Close, Ouston, who is looking for a new home for students Marija ten Den of the Netherlands (left) and Louise Thilker of Denm,ark. Both girls, aged 16, are studying at St. Robert's of Newminster, School, Washington.
International Exchange Co-ordintor Gloria Williams of Bradley Close, Ouston, who is looking for a new home for students Marija ten Den of the Netherlands (left) and Louise Thilker of Denm,ark. Both girls, aged 16, are studying at St. Robert's of Newminster, School, Washington.
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Families are being sought to take in two exchange students who have been left without a home.

The girls, Marija ten Den, from The Netherlands and Louise Thilker, from Denmark, came to Sunderland last month to spend a year studying at St Robert of Newminster RC Sixth Form on an international exchange programme.

Unfortunately, due to a crisis, the host family they were both staying with can no longer look after the 16-year-olds.

Gloria Williams, North of England coordinator for the EF exchange programme, said the aim of the programme is to give young people from around the world first-hand experience of English culture.

She said: “The girls have settled into lessons and are enjoying life in the sixth form. It would be ideal if they could stay at the same school. St Robert’s has quite a big catchment area with buses going into the school, so they don’t have to live right next to it and the girls don’t need to be placed together.”

Gloria, who has worked as a project coordinator for 20 years and currently has a teenager staying with her, said people must be willing to welcome a student as part of the family, joining in with everyday life.

Host families get a small food grant and students have their own pocket money from their parents to pay for things such as bus fares, entertainment and personal items.

Potential host families can read files about the students to decide if they will fit in with their lives and Gloria will visit families to assess the suitabliity.

Anyone interested in being a host family for Marija or Louise should contact Gloria on 410 9993.

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