Volbert named coordinator for visiting exchange students

LIMA — Matthew Volbert has been appointed local coordinator for the International Cultural Exchange Services. This new opportunity will allow Volbert to work with international high school students and the local families that host them. He feels that having exchange students in our local schools and communities increase mutual understanding and improves relationships between countries.

“Working with exchange students will bring myself and my community countless opportunities to experience new cultures and people while making a positive impact on both the students and host families,” Volbert said.

Volbertwill be working with families and schools in Lima and in the surrounding area. He is currently looking for families that would like to host for the school year of 2023.

Exchange students live as a member of the host family—not a guest or boarder. They participate in family activities, follow host family rules, and help with chores. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses; Host families provide room and board and loving parental guidance to the student.

As the local coordinator, Volbert is available to answer questions, give advice, and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience.

For more information about hosting or working with ICES, please contact Matthew Volbert at [email protected]

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.