Host Families Needed

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Our international program plays an important part in fulfilling our school's mission. We have several students needing hosting for fall, and we ask that your family consider whether you are able and willing to welcome these students into your home and family. Their parents are committed to their children getting an education that prepares them to be strong in mind, body and character, even if it means sending them around the world. As I'm sure you can imagine, they do this with great trepidation and hope that their student will find an "American family" to emotionally support and provide their child with a sense of security during their years in the U.S. Here is thought one of our natural international parents shared:

"For me, it means so much to have an American family open up their home to my child. It is not easy for teenage kids to leave their parent's embrace -- both physically and psychologically. Even though they carry their dream, the strange environment and the difference of language and lifestyle will leave them sometimes feeling lonely, helpless, and confused. It hurts my heart to even think of it, but it comforts our uneasiness when [school families] open up their homes to our children, bringing love and warmth to them just like a lighthouse in a vast sea. When you welcome an international student to walk in your daily life, it is not just about a simple connection of two families or two countries, it is a mutual exposure of two different cultures and spirits. We sincerely want to say thank you!! I personally think it must be God's will to bring us together. It's miraculous, but it makes me feel incredibly relieved. Thanks to God for your families caring for our sons and daughters." -Natural Parent-- Class of 2021, Translated from Mandarin

Here is some information on three of the students who are still awaiting host family placements. 

We have 9th and 10th grade students, all from China. Aside from food, the biggest culture shock for most Chinese students is getting acclimated to the American sense of independence vs. the Chinese style of independence. Helping these students with this difficult transitions helps them prepare for success at MARIAN and at the university level.

Please reach out to Anekka Bajrami (239-888-5268) or if you have any interest in this opportunity. A monthly stipend is provided to host families to assist with the daily expenses from hosting a student in your home.  More details on the stipend and the application process will be provided by Anekka.

The Director of International Students at Marian High School is Ms. Colleen Pingel and she would welcome your interest and your questions at

Thank you for your time and consideration.  We are so excited to welcome our new international students into the MARIAN family and know that none of this would be possible without the amazing school families who open their homes to these students!  

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