Kelli and Joe Thompson – Volunteer & Host Parents – Tennessee

Duties: Orientations, chaperones and activities

Kelli and Joe Thompson decided to host for the first time in 2005. They hosted a boy from Kazakhstan named Alisher. At the YFU mid-year orientation, they found out about a boy from Korea, Hwan, that was in need of a new home, and within a week, Hwan joined their family.

Kelli and Joe became volunteers for YFU in 2006. Their willingness to host orientations at their home, not to mention their love of the students and the benefits of foreign exchange made them perfect candidates. Neither of them was new to volunteering, though. Both Kelli and Joe are on the board of directors for the Eskimo Escapades, which is an annual fundraiser to benefit people who have suffered injuries as a result of physical or mental disabilities. Kelli is Advocacy Chair and Board Member for the East Tennessee Arthritis Foundation, and was the Pro-Bono Attorney of the year for Baker Donelson, Knoxville in 2007.

Joe has become a YFU chaperone and driver of the van/carpool that allows Kentucky and Tennessee students to participate in YFU trips to Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Washington, DC.

YFU thanks Kelli and Joe for helping to build wonderful relationships with schools, families and students in the Kentucky/Tennessee field!

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About Youth For Understanding USA

Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 60 different countries, is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs for more than 60 years because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services. Backed by a global team of volunteers, YFU provides cultural education and guidance to all participants. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU is the only organization awarded full-listing for J-1 inbound, outbound and short term exchange by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). Through creating global learning opportunities, YFU has promoted international understanding and world peace to more than 250,000 students and their host families. Thousands of parents across the globe trust YFU with their teenagers every year, and thousands of students every year choose YFU to help them discover their inner selves.
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