International students a boon for local high schools

Some 20 international students will be calling the Robson Valley home this fall, as they settle into host families for the school year.

The students, who are in grades 11 and 12, are placed by Shecana International Schools, an organization based in Prince George. The organization offers young people age 14 to 25 international student exchanges and gap-year travel programs. Each year about 100 students from abroad live with host families in western Canada.

Valemount Secondary School principal Dan Kenkel says the students will help boost the student population to over 100 next year. Some 12 students will be attending Valemount High School. Kenkel says his family is taking in two students.

The school has taken students from Shecana in the past, but never this many, he says. The students are mostly from south America and Europe, and there is one from New Zealand.

McBride Secondary School will take eight students if families are found to host all the young people wanting a placement.

Families interested in hosting a student should contact Shecana.

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