[Families] Can you help a 15 year old Danish exchange student?
birgitte at danishchurch.vancouver.bc.ca
Mon Oct 21 07:35:54 PDT 2013
Dear friends of the church,
A 15 year old Danish boy has come to Canada on an exchange program that
over the course of 14 months has not been able to find a family for him,
and now he has been with a temporary family for two months. He seems to
be a great and easy-going kid, and you can see his mother's description
below as well as his photo attached.
If you or someone you know would be interested in taking this young boy
into your family, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver
6010 Kincaid Street
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 4N3
pastor at danishchurch.vancouver.bc.ca
Telephone: 604-525-9894 / 604-298-6112
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Subject: Exchange Student Holger Andreas Mauritzen
Date: 2013-10-21 07:12
Dear Birgitte Saltorp
Thank you very much for offering your kind help in our search for a
host family and school for our son Holger. It is very much appreciated.
Below please find a brief description of Holgers situation, what it
implies to be host family and who Holger is:
Holger is 15 years old ( turning 16 in December) and arrived to Canada
26 August for an exchange year with Youth for Understanding ( YFU).
Right now he lives with the Director for YFU and her family in a small
village outside Listowill ( 3 hours drive from Toronto) and attend
Listowill high school. It is a temporary host family until they find him
a permanent host family. Apparently it is very difficult for them to
find permanent host families, thus he is somehow stuck there.
The school is not as expected as they have not been able to offer
Holger a full schedule and only a limited selection of classes.
Furthermore, they only offer very limited other activities, which Holger
doesn't even have the possibility to attend. It would thus be great if
he could move to another high school.
Not really the situation we expected when we signed him up for the
exchange program more than a year ago.
We are thus looking for both a nice host family and the possibility for
Holger to join a good local school. If a new school requires payment we
will of course pay for that.
In this respect please note being a host family for an exchange student
means that the exchange student lives in the family as a member of the
family and follow the family's traditions. The host family is thus not
paid, but if the student e.g. is travelling with the family the students
parents will cover the costs. Further the students parents are covering
all expenses to sport, clothing, pocket money etc.
Holger is a happy and active boy who behaves well. He has a sister age
18 and one age 9. He really enjoys school and is doing well. He just
finished 9th grade in Denmark. He speaks and writes English well. He
loves soccer, wake board( Water skiing) and snowboarding. He has been
attending a film school once a week the last couple of years. He plays
guitar and did play in a band with some friends. He had a job as
assistant soccer trainer for girls age 8 till 10 in the local sports
club before he left.
Holger had been looking very much forward to his stay as exchange
student in Canada - to meet new people and try something new in relation
to school and sports. Even though he is in a difficult position with
still no permanent host family, and all the uncertainty that implies, he
handles the situation very well.
If you still think it sounds realistic for you to look for a host
family- and without doing to many efforts - we would be very gratefull.
I attach a picture of Holger.
Nina Henningsen & Torben Mauritzen
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