Exchange students will talk about their experiences Saturday during county fair

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Sept. 19, 2008 - International foreign exchange students will be speaking about their home countries and experiences living in America at the DM Discoveries Annual International Festival at the Hopkins County Civic Center during Fall Festival events Saturday.

DM Discoveries is sponsoring 30 exchange students in and around Sulphur Springs this year.

"Ours is a cultural exchange base program," said DMD Regional Manager Becky Sanderson, who will be on hand with students at the festival. "We introduce hundreds of foreign students to America every year and then send them back to their home countries as our American ambassadors."

According to Sanderson, students arrive in August and January for one year or six-month programs.

"We are looking for families who want to host a student and share with them all the facets of American life," she said.

Host families open their homes to foreign students, sharing traditions, introducing them to city and county events and the American way of life. The experience provides both the host family and the exchange student the opportunity to learn new customs.

"The students become part of the family," Sanderson saidd. "They usually always keep in touch after they return home. Most families find that hosting is a wonderful experience."

For more information, call 903-485-2415 or visit the DMD booth at the Hopkins County Fall Festival.

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