Hello from Oak Grove,

During this time of distance learning, we are looking ahead to the 2020.21 school year as well as looking for host families for international students.  We do not know how the virus will be impacting us in the months ahead or if borders will be open for students to travel back for the first day of school, however, we need to be prepared as if school will be in session as usual. Students will be arriving in early to mid-August for the first day of school on the 22nd of August.

I’m writing to you to see if you or someone you know would be interested in hosting an international student for the 20.21 school year.  We have amazing students returning to continue their Oak Grove experience and new students arriving to begin their journey as a Grover.

From personal experience, inviting a student into our home has been rewarding, heartwarming, and eye-opening. Our family has learned about different cultures, eaten amazing foods that we never would have tried and built relationships that will last a lifetime.  Our family has enjoyed seeing things for the first time through someone else’s eyes.

You may be wondering what is involved in hosting, what will be expected, and if there is compensation. Hosting is opening your home and heart to a student from another country, providing a room, meals, guidance, and support.  We have an ‘Aunt and Uncle’ program that will help house your student for short periods of time when you are away, for a family vacation, for example. There is compensation for most of our students.  The monthly stipend is $600-$700 per month for 10 months (August through May).  I would be more than happy to discuss all of these and many other aspects of the program with you in more detail.  My contact information can be found below.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.  I look forward to talking with you in the near future.

Kristi Kegel
International Coordinator
kristi.kegel@oakgrovelutheran.com
O) 701.373.7115 C) 701.212.5296