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ISP once again welcomes new students, calls for host parents

By Anna Peterson
Assistant Director of ISP

Through the hustle and bustle of upcoming finals and holidays, LWC International Student Program (ISP) is getting ready to welcome new students for Spring 2022.

The college has over 100 international students from more than 36 countries and will add a new cohort in the upcoming semester. ISP is currently asking for new families to join the program and help create a friendly, comforting home-away-from-home atmosphere here at LWC for each international student.

The "International Friendship Program" matches international students with area families who are willing to host the students during the school year. Host families DO NOT provide housing for the students. Instead, as the program name suggests, host families provide a friendship and a support system here in America to make the transition to and time in the U.S. a little bit easier.

Sabine Eastham, who is the college's Director of ISP, said, "it would be wonderful to find a host family for each international student and show our international students a small slice of American life."

Eastham said, "Host parents play a big part in introducing international students to American life. Sharing local and family traditions with international students will help them understand what America is all about. They are young, they are here in Columbia, and they are eager to learn about American life beyond the college campus."

Becoming a host family also "means you will bring another culture into your home, open your own children's eyes to the wider world and feel a sense of pride in sharing your traditions," says Eastham.

Carri Peterson, whose family has been a part of the ISP Host Family Program for over ten years, says, "I cannot recommend this program highly enough. Our international students have expanded our world, and enriched our lives. These are some of the best people on the planet. Run, do not walk, to sign up to share your life with a student who is far from home. You will not regret it."

If you are interested in joining our mission and serving as a host parent, contact the ISP Team at or 270-384-8236 for more information.

This story was posted on 2021-12-02 13:15:52
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Peterson family and Renan Ramos

2021-12-02 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Carri Peterson.
The Peterson family gathers around their "host brother," Renan Ramos, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Left to right- Top row: Anna and Emma Peterson. Middle row: Renan Ramos, Sarah, and Mercy Peterson. Bottom row: Bethany Peterson.

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ISP students join Marshburns for Thanksgiving dinner

2021-12-02 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
International students gather at the home of a host parent for a Thanksgiving dinner. Host parent Jeanne Marshburn says "So glad to once again gather together with our own family and our amazing LWC kids from all over the world. Makes Thanksgiving even more meaningful!"

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