Hosts sought for Spanish students

COAST CITIES — A selected group of high school students from Spain are coming to North County during July 2013 to enjoy SoCal at its best. Live California, based in Encinitas, will place the students with volunteer local families. The organization arranges all details including surf camp and other daily activities for students and host family teenagers.“We keep the students busy, picking them up at home every day. We try to make it as easy as possible on the families, and the four weeks go by in a snap,” said Director Alejandro Campillo.

Host families love to showcase their Californian lifestyle with 4th of July parties, surfing, making S’mores at Moonlight Beach or in their own backyard — every family has different customs but one thing is clear: summer is king and there is plenty to do in San Diego.

“For our kids, hosting a student has been a great introduction to studying and traveling abroad. This has exposed them to another culture right here at home. We hope this will inspire our kids to travel,” said the father of one Solana Beach family, who hosted Antonio from La Coruña, Spain last July. They have stayed in touch, and hope to visit him in Spain.

Many host family youth, including the Mitchell’s, have participated in the summer camp with the visiting students over the years.

“Our host siblings are an invaluable part of Live California; they learn first hand what studying abroad is like at an early age. They lead the way,” said Lisa Campillo, Head of Studies. They get a chance to practice their Spanish while enjoying their favorite summer activities.

Live California is currently recruiting host families for July 2013 in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley and Rancho Peñasquitos.

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