Fayetteville Family Hosts Slovakian Exchange Student
The Council on International Educational Exchange, or CIEE, is one of the world's leading operators of international exchange programs which include the USA High School Program and study abroad. A student chooses to study abroad to learn a new culture while improving his or her English. Becoming fluent in the English language will ensure satisfactory job opportunities for them in their bright futures. Students have a choice of studying in the USA for a 5-month or a 10-month program.
Tomas Kostolani of Nitra, Slovakia has been welcomed into the home of Kenneth and Cathleen Noska of Fayetteville, and this is their second hosting experience. "We have chosen students who come from the old country of Czechoslovakia, where most of our ancestors came from. Our exchange experiences have been most rewarding. We enjoy learning the culture of the student as he learns ours, and we also enjoy helping them with their English. They speak some English when they get here, but by the end of the 10 months, they become quite fluent. This year we have welcomed a young man who aspires to be a dentist, and we have no doubt that he will succeed in whatever field he chooses. Tomas speaks Slovak, Czech, and has a good understanding of the English language."
Hosting an exchange student enables the family to look at their every-day world through the eyes of a foreign student and to explain things to them that we take for granted daily. This triggers quite a new perspective on life in general.
Students go back home with many experiences that will last a lifetime. During the school year of 2004-2005, the Noska family hosted Tomas Hubacek of the Brno area of the Czech Republic, and they still stay in touch with him weekly. Hubacek attended Fayetteville High School during his 10-month stay. "The fine administration of the Fayetteville High School was very helpful and if I needed anything, all I had to do was ask. The time I spent in the Fayetteville area was an outstanding experience for me. Not only because of a great host family, but also because of all the friendly people that I met," says Hubacek.
Tomas Kostolani is a Senior at Fayetteville High School this year. " Last year I filled out a form to be able to go to the USA as an exchange student, and now I'm here near the small Texas town of Fayetteville. I really like being in Texas and in the Fayetteville school, where the entire staff and administration has made me feel welcome. I could not ask for a more friendly atmosphere. Both teachers and students are willing to help me with any problems, as well as the Noska family. My first six weeks of learning a new culture has been very interesting."
Kenneth and Cathleen Noska have four children, all currently away from home. They have one daughter and three sons. The two youngest sons are students at Texas A & M University. Their oldest son is married and lives in Praha, Fayette County, Texas, with his wife, Jill (Kallus) Noska. Their daughter lives and works in College Station, Texas. They are all welcomed home on the weekends.
The CIEE program is based in Boston, with local coordinators providing support with any challenges that may arise. The program works with families to ensure that hosting experiences are enjoyable and worthwhile. Founded in 1947, CIEE is dedicated to helping people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.
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