你好, 안녕하세요, Olá, Hello! This semester marks the beginning of the new International Student Program at LCS. Let me introduce you to our four international students. Christine from South Korea and Sindy from China have joined the 10th grade class as full-time students. They are living with LCS host families and plan to return for their junior and senior years. Karina (11th) and Duda (8th) from Brazil have joined us for two months of English immersion while on their summer break from school (yes, it’s summer vacation in Brazil right now). These international students have come to LCS because they desire to learn more about the English language and American culture. They hope to make American friends and improve their English conversation skills. Some of them hope to attend college in the United States.
But the purpose of an international program is so much more than giving international students an opportunity to come to America. It benefits the entire student body. An international program increases global awareness. The stories we hear and read in the news become real as we meet people who have lived them. We learn different perspectives on current and historical events. We might even get to try delicious new foods from faraway places!
An international program also allows us to practice hospitality. Our local students have unique opportunities to encourage students who are far from home as they study and learn about American teenage culture. Students can share the love of Christ as peer friends at school and as members of host families at home.
When asked about their impressions of the LCS family, our international students have remarked on the friendliness of their classmates and the kindness of their teachers. They are seeing what we already knew: LCS is a great place to go to school!
Please pray for our international students and host families as they make many adjustments to their way of life. If you are interested in becoming a host family or in getting involved with the International Student Program, you can find more information here: http://www.lcsonline.org/admissions/international-students/.
The world is coming to LCS, and you have the chance to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of our students!
Kala Walls serves as the coordinator of the International Student Program. If you have questions about the program or are interested in hosting an international student, you can contact Kala at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-688-2771.