Foreign exchange students getting the ‘Eastern Shore experience’ for the summer

SALISBURY, Md. – 14 students have said ‘au revoir’ to their homes in France and are now saying ‘bonjour’ to the Eastern Shore where they traveled more than 3,000 miles to get the American experience.

“I would like to go everywhere if possible so I want to discover the United States,” said foreign exchange student Igor Deridder.

A long flight and a couple of hours driving later, these students were welcomed home late Tuesday night by a group of host families from the area. Where they’ll spend the next three weeks taking them on some adventures of a lifetime.

“We’re going to go to Ocean City, we’re going to Wallops Island, we’re going to Washington D.C., we’re going to Assateague, we’re going to Hershey Park and we’re going to New York City,” said one host parent, Marly Morgan.

So how exactly did these 14 exchange students end up here on the shore? It’s all part of a program called Global Friendships where they connect kids from across the world with families in Maryland to give them an in-depth cultural experience.

“I’m here to learn English and to meet new people like Jeremiah,” said another foreign exchange student, Raphael Mandry.

“Maybe my host family could discover a little of the French culture ,” said Deridder.

And these host families tell 47 ABC that they’re just as excited to show these students the world.

“I was blessed to have a young man who likes cooking, who like music, who likes drawling,” said host parent Jeremiah Burns.

“We’re excited to be able to kind of share what it’s like to be a teenager in a different country and a different place,” said Morgan.

And it can often lead to friendships that last a lifetime.

“It’s just a blessing because I’m going to learn from him, he’s going to learn from me. I’m going to learn how to talk a lot slower, that’s going to take a lot of work,” said Burns.

Program coordinators say the first trip these students will go on is a trip to of course, Ocean City where they’ll take on the beach and that famous boardwalk.


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