Maryville College seeks host families for ESL group

The Maryville College Intensive English (ESL) Program is looking for home stay families who will provide safe, clean and happy home environments for a group of Japanese students who will be studying on campus July 17 through July 30.

The students are enrolled in a Christian high school in Tokyo.

The preference is for families to host two (same sex) students per home. Students can share a room but must have their own bed.

Students will need to be dropped off at Maryville College by 8 a.m. and picked up by around 5 p.m. each weekday. Host families will need to provide all meals with the exception of lunch during the weekdays.

Organizers are asking also that students attend at least one church service during the weekends. Stipends are available. Only serious applicants should inquire. Application and references will be reviewed, and a background check and home visit will be conducted.

Teachers and staff involved with groups in previous years have raved about how enthusiastic and fun these students were.

“I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we had with our two students. We have participated in other student home stay programs, and this by far has been the best group of students we have met,” said Jack Vaughn, whose family has hosted two Japanese students. “I am happy to have two wonderful Japanese ‘sons’ to add to my own.”

To become a host family, contact Micki Pruitt, ESL coordinator in the Center for International Education at 865-981-8186 or

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