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PSU International Students Meet Their American Host Families

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South Korean exchange students Sunhoon Yoon and Sang Nam Ha are roommates at Pitt State, but unlike most students home is an 18 plane ride away.

They decided to join a longtime running program called the International Friends of Pittsburg to help them transition into American Life.

Ha has been emailing his host family back and forth and was eager to meet them in person.

“I'm exchange student here so, usually I have spent time alone. So I'm lonely sometimes so I need their help,” says Ha.

Host father Randy Jones is an automotive mechanics teacher at Pitt State and Yoon says it's a perfect match.

“My major is mechanical engineering. It is concentrated with my major so it is awesome."

For many of these international students this meeting is just the first cup of tea of what will hopefully be a fulfilling relationship with their host family.

“It's awesome. He and she are like my father and mother,” says Ha.

The two roommates and their friends huddle around a small map pointing out where they're from and compliment ham on his funky leopard glasses.

“The goal is to help the students feel welcome in Pittsburg, feel more comfortable. They usually don't know much about American culture other than what they see in television or in movies. So it gives them a chance to see real life with Americans and with real people," says Cynthia Pfannestiel, volunteer with the International Friends of Pittsburg.

And the trade works both ways.

“It was a lot of fun. These guys have a lot of good humor. Really fun to get to know, and learn things about their country, and kind of teach 'em what we have here,” says Jones.

The jones show them pictures of their own family and are excited to bring them into their own.

“It's something that if I went somewhere I would want somebody to show me around their country. I know I'd feel just totally out of place,” says Jones.

Unlike a traditional exchange program, students still live in the dorms and meet with their families at least once a month.

The Jones made plans to get together with Ha and Yoon next Sunday for pizza and a swim lesson.

Pitt State has about 115 new international students this January, up from about 70 last year.

With the increased demand Pitt State is still looking for more families to match with new students.

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