Just last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the virtues of extending a hand to foreign-exchange students and finding a place in their homes for them.
"Each year, thousands of engaged young people from around the world travel to the United States, eager to learn about American life and share perspectives from their own countries," Clinton said. "Families who welcome these exchange students into their homes and hearts not only enrich the life of an exceptional young person, they help build people-to-people connections that span the globe and last a lifetime."
The timing of Clinton's message couldn't have been more coincidental for Bondil Dencker, director of the Laguna Beach-based World Heritage International Student Exchange Programs.
The Denmark woman is in the midst of trying find homes for European high school students in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and what's incredibly frustrating, she said, is that sometimes there are families out there who are interested but simply don't know about the student-exchange program through World Heritage International.