Opportunities at Saint Martin’s open doors to cultural understanding

SMU seeking host families and cultural ambassadors

April 10, 2008

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University is currently offering the following opportunities to local community members who are interested in broadening their cultural horizons:

Cultural ambassadors

Saint Martin’s University is seeking high school and college students to work as cultural ambassadors for the Office of International Programs and Development. Cultural ambassadors earn $8–10 per hour or community service hours assisting foreign exchange students who participate in the school’s summer programs. For information, contact Mary White, assistant director – community liaison of international programs and development, at 360-438-4304 or mwhite@stmartin.edu.

Host families

Saint Martin’s University is seeking families to participate in the International Host Family Program this summer. Host families open their homes to international students, introducing their guests to American culture and family life. Both weekend and week-long home stay opportunities are available.

The University’s Office of International Programs and Development welcomes students from many different countries, including China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. During their stay, students study English, learn about life in the United States and visit sites of interest in the Puget Sound area. The highlight of an international student’s visit is the home stay, when students experience daily activities and practice their English in conversations with their host families. For families, it is an exciting and enjoyable opportunity to learn more about another country, help promote cultural understanding and build long-lasting friendships.

Participating families are asked to host a pair of students and:

  • Attend a one-hour Host Family Orientation Session.
  • Provide a room for the students to share.
  • Provide meals during the students’ stay.
  • For week-long home stays, drop the students off at Saint Martin’s each weekday by 9 a.m. for classes and pick them up shortly after 5 p.m.
  • Attend a dessert reception and a farewell dinner with their students.

If your family is interested in hosting an international student, contact Mary White at 360-438-4304 or mwhite@stmartin.edu.

ESL instructors

Saint Martin’s University is seeking experienced English as a Second Language instructors to teach a variety of classes for cultural and language summer exchange programs from May through August. Several different opportunities are available. For more information, please contact ESL program manager Janelle Garcia Martinez at jgarcia-martinez@stmartin.edu or 360-438-4597.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Mary White
Assistant director – community liaison
Office of International Programs and Development
Saint Martin’s University

Haley Thompson
Office of International Programs and Development
Saint Martin’s University