Host families needed for Up with People students

Host families needed for Up with People students Host families are needed for 160 Up with People international students who will arrive in Vermillion Thursday, Aug. 31.

Up with People students from around the world will perform their latest musical production "A Common Beat" on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vermillion High School gym for the general public. The internationally acclaimed production is sponsored locally by Wells Fargo Bank, the Plain Talk, KVHT-FM, KVTK-AM and KELO-Land Television.

Host families can volunteer to take one or more students into their homes for three days and four nights. Families will be asked to provide Up with People students with sleeping accommodations, limited transportation to and from local shuttle stops in their area, and breakfast, dinner and some lunches. As a thank you, each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the performance of "A Common Beat."

"When you become a host family for an Up with People student, you bring the world into your home," said Amy Hertz, occupational therapist and host family of an Up with People advance team member. "These students bring their life and enthusiasm, culture and stories into our home. The requirements are minimal for hosting, but the rewards are incredible."

"Staying with host families can be the single most important part of the students' year at Up with People," said Shannon Hurley, Up with People advance team member. "The host family program is an important cornerstone of the Up with People student program."

For more information about hosting an Up eith People student, buying tickets for the performance of "A Common Beat," and Up with People's community service involvement, call Sarah Greene at (605)624-6833.

Up with People is an independent, not-for-profit, educational organization that provides students with personal and professional growth through the unique combination of international travel, performing arts and community service. Founded in 1965, it has provided experiences for more than 19,000 young people from 90 countries. More information about Up with People is available on the Internet at

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