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DEPARTURE – JUNE 27
Host families, your students need to be dropped off at Lents Park in S.E. Portland no later than 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 27. The park entrance is located near 88th and S.E. Holgate. This is the same meeting place used for Pendleton Roundup and Arrival. All luggage will be weighed and then placed in a rented van. You will no longer be able to access this luggage after it goes into the van. It is extremely important that your passport and everything you will need for the evening and next day is placed in your carry-on. If you are late or lost, you can contact Sally Ann Wells on her cell phone (503) 703-8223 or Ron Combs on his cell phone (503) 314-5243. Directions to Lents Park Lents Park is located in S.E. Portland at 88th and S.E. Holgate Blvd. From I205 South take exit17, Turn left Onto Powell, go to first light turn left onto 92nd, go to Holgate, turn Right, the park will be on your left about two blocks. From I 205 North take exit 19 Division/Powell, stay in right lane towards Powell, turn right onto Powell, get into center lane go to first light and turn left onto 92nd. Go to Holgate and turn right at the first light. The entrance to the park will be on your left about two blocks. Should you get lost, call Ron Combs on his cell phone: 503 – 314 – 5243 or Sally Ann Wells on her cell phone (503) 703-8223 SANDY H.S. ACCEPTS TWO AFSERS Sandy High School does things a little different. They have a committee that selects a total of 6 students from all programs. Last year we were lucky when they selected four of our students-Adriano (Italy), Luci (France), Josef (Germany), and Sari (Japan) This year they have selected two of our students: Natalia from Paraguay and Kseniya Vizerova from Russia. Now we have the job of finding families for the two girls. If you know of any one in the Sandy School District, please contact Bernice Schuchardt, (503) 775-4161 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Columbia Pacific Hosting Spring 2004
Congratulations to Ruth Ladage and the Camas-Washougal AFS Chapter. They have four students placed and all the paperwork complete! We are off to a bit of a slow start this year (most regions seem to be behind the pace of last year.) and we have earlier deadlines because of visa interviews and delays. Please speak AFS to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Promoting Peace person by person, family by family is what we are all about and from the state of the world in turmoil, our work is more important than ever. We still have a few students to select for our Area Team and we are waiting for the rest of our FLEX and YES students. We have new wonderful electronic tools to make sharing information, filling out applications and viewing students very easy. Give a call and I’ll be happy to walk you through the process. (503) 452-1868 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can email web links of complete student applications and thanks to Alaska’s Jane Ginter, we have fillable electronic forms for all of the application pieces. If you or someone you know might like to know more about us and hosting, please refer them to the AFS USA website http://www.usa.afs.org/ or have them call a local volunteer or the 1-800-AFS-INFO number. Please take a look at some of the great students who will be arriving in August and let us know if you have any host family nominees. It will take all of us pulling together to get this job done in a timely manner. Every student deserves a loving permanent home and experience shows us that the sooner the student and family begin their correspondence and bonding the better the outcome. If you would be interested in assisting with host family interviews, liaison training or becoming an Aunt-Uncle family be sure to let one of your Area Team Leaders know! Sally Ann Wells Col Pac Volunteer Hosting Coordinator
YOUR LUGGAGE – WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITATIONS
End of Stay: Space on the buses you will be riding en route to Departure Day and to your international flight is extremely limited. We recommend that you take only that which is essential, and send the remainder of your belongings home. You should not exceed the limit of two suitcases and one carry-on. Less is better! Flights: Be advised that you are responsible for any and all excess baggage fees charged by airlines, both international and domestic flights. AFS is not responsible for any of these costs. If you have a question on whether you will be traveling by bus or plane to the EOS or your international carrier, please contact your Regional Travel and Logistics Coordinator. You will return to your home country on the same airline that you traveled with when arriving to the United States. Weight and size limits: Generally, the weight limit for each checked piece of luggage is 70 pounds (about 32 kilograms). Please be aware that some airlines have weight limits of 50 pounds per bag. The size limit for each checked piece of luggage is 62 inches (about 152.4 centimeters - add the length + depth + width of your luggage to figure out the size). Your carry-on bag must be less than 45 linear inches. Be aware that if either of your bags is larger or heavier than these figures, you may be charged an “excess baggage” fee which can be anywhere from $80-$300 (to be paid by cash or by credit card). AFS will not pay these charges for you! The airline may also not allow you to check these bags in at all. You will have to leave behind anything that is overweight. Please make sure you have a credit card you can use in case of excess charges. Carry-on luggage needs to be able to fit under the airline seat or in an overhead compartment. Items such as golf clubs, bicycles, skis, and snow-boards are generally considered “over-sized” baggage, and you will usually have to pay a charge ($50-$110), depending on the item’s size and weight, even if such an item is your second “checked” piece of luggage. It is a good idea to call the airline before-hand to check on any oversized baggage. These regulations are also posted on the websites for each airline. Finally, remember that items on airlines get banged around. Be sure to pack your musical instrument or electronic equipment in hard cases to protect them as best as possible. Such items will likely need to be checked as a third piece of luggage, and you will need to pay additional baggage fees as required by the airline. Students from Central America: be aware that airlines have an embargo on additional baggage during the summer months. You will NOT be allowed to travel with additional baggage, whether or not you are willing and able to pay for it. Federal Regulations prevent the airline from allowing any weight over 70 pounds per bag, with a maximum of 2 bags. They will also not allow you to travel with boxes or odd shaped bags. Security: Airlines are now searching all bags when a passenger checks in for their flight. Please take this into consideration when packing. Someone may go into your bag after you have closed and locked it and may not help you re-close your bag! In addition, locks on luggage can pose a problem at security checkpoints in airports. Please make sure to unlock your luggage while it is going through security, and/or keep your luggage key available while checking in. Due to recent security measures that all airlines have taken, the luggage limit is tighter than ever. For most airlines, it is not possible to pay overweight charges. The airline will make you leave anything over the weight restrictions behind. Also, airlines have instituted very strict rules about carry-on luggage. Most airlines are allowing only one piece of carry-on luggage plus a purse or small backpack. Packing Suggestions: We strongly recommend that you begin sorting through your belongings to see if you can mail anything home. As soon as the weather allows, you should send your winter clothes or shoes home. • If you have collected papers and printed matter (school newspapers, playbills from concerts or shows, books, photo albums, etc.), consider sending these home, too. Paper becomes very heavy when you try to pack a big stack of it, and there is a special “printed matter” rate that is available through the United States Postal • Service – check your local post office for information about packaging and rates. Remember, you will be responsible for carrying your own entire luggage while traveling. PACK ACCORDINGLY! When in doubt, pack your things and try to walk up and down your block a few times. That should give you an idea of whether or not you will be able to handle your bags during the bus trip and the final trip to the airport from the Departure Day site.
Baggage Tags: All of your luggage must be clearly labeled! You will be given some baggage tags at your Pre-Return Orientation on May 15 and you will be receiving specific instructions about your return home soon. Be sure to put your natural family address on the baggage tags. Additional tags will be available at your starting point and at Departure Day. JUST A NOTE FROM EXPERIENCE
REGARDING YOUR CARRYONS: By Bernice Schuchardt Recently I was flying home from Phoenix, Arizona. I had checked two bags and my carry-on consisted of my purse, a briefcase, and a tube containing a print. I had no problem taking the tube as a carry-on on my flight from Houston to Phoenix, but upon return, the security people in Phoenix considered the tube as a carry-on and I had to go back to ticketing and attempt to check it. I had already checked 2 bags so it was “iffym”, but finally they relented and let me check it. Therefore, the moral of the story is make sure your carryons are no more than 2 items or you may be leaving something that’s really important to you at some airport on your way home. Airline security and airlines have different rules in different cities.
Please remember to add a swim suit and towel in a plastic bag as part of your carryon luggage.
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM LISA
Toni and Nelson Palmer shared their Christmas message from Lisa Schmidt (200002), their former AFSer from Germany. She is on an exchange with another program in South Africa. The photo is of Lisa with some of the African children she is working with. “Dear Toni and dear Nelsy, My first Christmas away from home with you guys was as special as the one this year will be. I will spend a hot day at the pool with the other 15 girls and 2 boys. Maybe we will go to church with the blacks, watch their soccer game where they play for a male sheep, and enjoy the sun. For you two, I hope you can spend special days just enjoying your being together and the Christmas atmosphere which I will be missing. Hugs and kisses from “African” Lisa.
FUN AT INTERNATIONAL FAIR
“I really enjoyed going to the International Fair at Lewis & Clark College. We heard a lot of live music which is traditional for foreign countries from all around the world, ate their delicious food, we were even able to play their traditional games. It was a lot of fun! It was kind of like a little tour without going anywhere. Students who represented their countries were willing to share how beautiful their native countries are. It made me want to visit all of them. To my mind this is the best way to learn something new about the world, not just read about it in the books but discover it yourself without actually going there. By Yuliya Fabrovska, Ukraine
LOST & FOUND
We still have a large number of items which were left in vans, at mountain, or at the Jagows. A list of these items was published in the last newsletter. All items will be available at the orientation on May 15. Families and students please check these items and claim any that might be yours. All items which are not claimed will be donated to a charity organization or we will have a garage sale.
Please help me find the Lost and Found from ski trip. Judy Gross let Farhad borrow a very valuable "riding winter coat" with hat and gloves. This is a $400 + item. The coat is a long, horseback riding winter coat, with multiple snaps down the back and sides (to fit over horses rump); plus very high quality, thin insulated riding gloves and a warm hat. Farhad thinks he left these at Jagow's. Did anyone see them at the lodge or in the lost and found? It is critical that we recover them or reimburse Judy for them. It is this sort of thing that breaks a family spirit. If you saw these items, please talk to me! Sally Ann Wells, 503-452-1868 OR e-mail email@example.com
Want to go bowling????
How about joining us at Hollywood Bowl, 4030 NE Halsey, Portland, Oregon, on June 13 (503) 288-9237. at 1:00 PM but be there at 12:30 PM. Fee: Free for AFS students and $6.00 for all others. Directions to Hollywood Bowl: I-205 to I-84 west, take exit #2, (43rd ave.), go left (or south on Halsey) at light, the bowling alley is on the left about two blocks down. You can park on the right side of the street in lot or under the alley is parking also…OR…you can take the MAX Go to the 42nd Ave. Broadway stop. You will see the building. Contact: Ron Combs, 503 777-8117. Come and have fun.
AN INSIDE VIEW OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE AN EXCHANGE STUDENT IN A SMALL SCHOOL
By Som (Kankanit Srisuphan) Som attends high school in Onalaska, Washington. The school has about 260 students on campus in grades 912. Being a foreign exchange student is the greatest I have ever done. I come from the small country known as country of smiles; Thailand to the big country known as the most powerful country in the world; The United States of America. I am not a girl not yet a woman. I am Kankanit Srisuphan. I am called “Som.” and have a good time with me; teachers who always understand and help me; and my lovely host family to take care of me very well like I am a daughter. This is such the great time in my life. Being here has changed my life forever. Nothing could make me fail to remember the wonderful time in Onalaska.”
MAX GERBER MAKES HEADLINES IN ONALASKA
I have many activities to do at school because I have such the good friends and teachers! You can know what’s going on everything at small school. I hardly miss it! Friends always ask you to play sports and join clubs with them. I am not sport girl at all but I have a chance to be manager to hang out with my friends. There always have the chances for you. I join FFA, knowledge bowl, science, choir, and international clubs. In the classes, I don’t have to worry anything because the teachers always help me to get through it. They understand and take care of me very well. They always explain and tell me what’s going on and convince me to do a lot of activities. I think it’s a great idea for foreign exchange student to be in the small school like Onalaska High School. I also have a great teacher who takes care of foreign exchange students very well; Mrs. Roden. All of foreign exchange students here never been left to be alone. Sue Roden, Cluster Coordinator in Onalaska, has provided us with info on Max Gerber an AFSer from Germany in Onalaska. Max appears to be quite the celebrity in this small town of Onalaska!! In the Wednesday, February 4, Chronicle, the headline read, “Gerber Drops 33 on Ocosta in Ony Win? The article goes on to say, “Max Gerber’s ankle might not be 100 percent, but there is nothing wrong with his shooting touch. Gerber poured in 33 points as second-ranked Onalaska had to battle to beat Ocosta 68-53 in a SWW 1A North Division boy’s basketball game here Tuesday.” Another article states, “Ony took its first lead at the end of the third period and it see-sawed a bit until the German exchange student — Gerber — ignited the large crowd. Max stole the ball at halfcourt, and threw it down,” Bower said of a big dunk that got the gym rocking. It got the kids and the crowd fired up.” In another article, “Gerber, Onalaska’s leading scorer this season, scored 11 points in the first quarter…” and “The 6-foot-4 Gerber went on to score 23 points and led the Loggers with 12 rebounds…” You might want to go on to http:///www.chronline.com to see if he has made any recent outstanding plays. We just don’t have the room in this newsletter to publish all the quotes!!!
I haven’t expected that once a life time I will spend the time in America as a foreign exchange student. Although I come from the small country but I am in a very big school; about 4,000 students! I preferred to live in city. I always thought that no way I would live in the country! I meant no way seriously! But the very lovely small town; Onalaska has changed my mind forever. I love country! Here I am in country! Someone would say this is ridiculous to live in country. They properly change their mind. I am in a very small school called Onalaska High School. It doesn’t bother me at all to be a foreign student in small school. The first day at school for me was totally wonderful. You don’t have to be afraid of having friends. Students here are very friendly. You will be known by everybody at school because you are special person! Students in Onalaska High School are very excited to meet foreign exchange students. They try to get to know me and ask about my country. This is totally amazing! Everybody opens their mind to be my friends.
GABRIELE’S WEB PAGE
They are not just friends and teachers at school to take care of me. I also have my friends’ parents to take care of me. They always invite me to eat dinner with them and join activities with them such as riding horses, going to churches, watching movies, etc. People in Onalaska are very kind. I am the lucky girl to be here. I would like to share experiences in small school to everybody. I would like to thank AFS to give me a chance to be in Onalaska, WA; friends who always there
Gabriele Fiori, an AFSer from Italy attends Tillamook HS and lives with host dad Don Sheneberger . Gabriele has a webpage and recently host dad, Don, shared Gabriele’s latest addition….photos of their trip to Las Vegas. Check it out … http://sheneberger.com/page1.html
Celebrating Volunteer Month 2004 A Letter from Alex J. Plinio, President, AFS-USA
During the month of April, we celebrate and honor the AFS Volunteers who carry out our mission of building a more just and peaceful world each and every day of the year in communities across our nation. Throughout more than five decades, the dedication and commitment of AFS Volunteers serve as a constant force of hope and promise, and a continual source of strength and support in an ever-changing world. Irrespective of the challenges in world situations, and despite changing positions of the U.S., stricter visa regulations, changes in school policies, and a less than favorable economic environment, AFS Volunteers continue to prevail over all. This year, volunteers have committed to a June 1 hosting goal so that as many students as possible will be able to receive their visas in a timely fashion, and volunteers will also prepare and send abroad 1400 of our best and brightest students. Our nation is sadly lacking in Americans who have lived in other countries, understand other cultures, and can speak second languages. There is no doubt that students who study abroad and share their daily lives with host siblings from other countries have distinct advantages that set them apart from their peers who do not have intercultural or international learning experiences. Perhaps no one understands this more than the volunteers who witness firsthand the ways in which studying abroad and hosting students in the U.S. changes people’s lives. On April 14th I received a letter from Natalie, a high school graduate from Georgia who is currently on a year AFS Exchange Program in Belgium. This letter, and thousands more that we receive from students around the world, are testimonials to how volunteers are shaping the lives of young people, and the future of our country and the world. On behalf of the AFS board and staff, we extend our deepest gratitude to AFS Volunteers. Thank you from all of us for being such wonderful ambassadors for peace. Alex J. Plinio President, AFS-USA
A MESSAGE FROM OUR AREA CHAIR
It’s that time of year again—End-ofStay (EOS), of course. I will need a lot of help. If you can help in any way, please send your name and address to Ron Combs, 2134 SE 60th Avenue, Portland, OR 97215-4072 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will need people to… • Weigh luggage from 3:30 PM till about 4:30 PM (6 volunteers), • Drivers to take students to EOS location from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (6 volunteers), • Chaperones at EOS location from 4:00 PM till about 3:00 AM. These people will work in shifts. I like to have at least five people at a time. Shifts last year were from 5:00 PM till 10:00 PM and then 10:00 PM till 3:00 AM. We are also looking for HOST FAMILIES. If you know of anyone who might want to host, call Sally Ann Wells at 503 241-1568, Ext. 1564 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Also we need Gateway Families for incoming students. You will be asked to pick up student(s) at Lents Park and keep them for two or three days and then take them to Arrival Orientation in Camas. You may host a couple students if you have room. Arrival dates this year will be August 11, 12, and 13. Thanks. Ron Combs Area Chair
Design, (503) 760-9559 He provides plans for building permits and Millwork detailing. Lori is a medical office assistant.
A BIG "THANK YOU" TO OUR NEWSLETTER STAFF
A special thank you goes out to Jeff Larson for taking over putting the newsletter together for this issue. He is taking over for Lia Miternique, who has worked with Bernice since April 2000. They are the ones who make it look pretty. For those of you who do not know all the details on how it's put together, here's a brief description: Articles are submitted to Bernice Schuchardt by anyone in Columbia Pacific who has a newsworthy item. She then edits the submission and places it in a newsletter file. When she has accumulated all articles for the issue she is working on, she sends them off to Jeff, who cuts and pastes them into the newsletter template. Ron Combs is in charge of the photographs and he submits his pictures to Jeff. When Jeff is done, a copy is sent to Bernice for proofreading. After corrections are made, It is then sent off to the printer who makes the copies and delivers it to Ron and Pat Combs who put stamps and labels, and puts it in the mail. DO YOU HAVE A CONTRIBUTION FOR THE NEWSLETTER?
Please submit all articles to Bernice Schuchardt via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for articles on what your student(s) are doing, significant achievements, articles from students about their year with their families, articles from host families about hosting, upcoming activities, etc. All photos should be sent to Ron Combs at email@example.com so Ron can include them on the CD presented to the kids at departure.
Jeff and Lori Larson have been volunteers for two years now and have helped with several AFS events like Driving to Pendleton, chaperoning, pitching in to do little odd jobs like fliers and banners. Jeff has taken the roll of newsletter layout. They have hosted kids through several programs including AFS and Summer Stays (a program for PSU students). Jeff and Lori love golfing, hiking and table games in the evening with friends. Jeff is an entrepreneur with Larson
DAY IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND & STARLIGHT PARADE SATURDAY, JUNE 5 All AFSers, YES, and FLEX students are invited to join Christine Stevens for a tour of downtown Portland. Christine will meet with students at 10 a.m. at the Lloyd Center Parking Lot (by the Max station) for a day in downtown Portland. There are many attractions such as Saturday market, the waterfront, museums, coffee shops, Pioneer Square, and other interesting places you might want to see. Bring some money for lunch or snacks. Late afternoon you will board a Tri Met bus and travel to Bernice Schuchardt’s home for a spaghetti dinner Following dinner, you will re-board the bus and return to downtown Portland for the Starlight Parade. We plan to meet downtown along the parade route where AFS volunteers will block off an area for us to sit. You should be sure and bring a warm jacket as it gets cool in the evening. Please make arrangements for your return home, or if you are staying with a host family, see if they can pick you up. Families are welcome to join us at the parade viewing site. Contact coordinator Christine Stevens (e-mail: CStevens@specpoly.com) for more info. AFTERNOON AT THE ZOOSUNDAY, JUNE 6
When: Sunday, June 6, from 12 noon till 4 p.m. How to get there: Have your family bring you or catch the MAX and get off at the zoo stop. Time to meet: 12 Noon at Zoo entrance. Time to be picked up: We’ll wrap up at about 3:30 p.m. (be sure to make arrangements for getting home): Cost: Free to AFS students, $7.50 for other non-zoo members. Students can sign up during orientation so we know to buy them a group rate ticket. If not, admission is $9.00. Anyone wanting the discounted rate of $7.50 must register with Rustam in advance. What to bring: Lunch and a blanket. Who’s invited: Any and all current and “wannabe” host families, sibs, and friends. Coordinator: Rustam Kocher, H: 503-356-9308; Cell: 503-481-5757; e-ail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 7 - Nike Campus Tour/Nature
Park Cleanup/Trip to Nike Employee Store. For YES students only. Contact Rustam for more information H: 503-356-9308; Cell: 503-4815757; e-mail: email@example.com.
MAY 8-10 – Ashland/Shakespeare Trip. (Trip is full.) For those signed up, contact Marilyn Hays for more info at 503-665-2830.
MAY 15 – Orientation - Required
for all AFS, YES, and FLEX students. Location: 805 Columbia Ridge Drive, Vancouver, WA, in Fellowship Hall. Jean Geocks is the coordinator—e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 5 (Sat.) – Day in Portland and Starlight Parade. Meet at 10 a.m. at Lloyd Center Parking Lot (by Max station) for Day in Portland. For the parade only, you can meet at the reserved area along parade route at 7:30 p.m. Contact Christine for exact location. Coordinator: Christine Stevens CStevens@specpoly.com)
DO YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY IN PORTLAND FOR THE JUNE 5-6 WEEKEND?
If you are coming in from out of town for this fun weekend and need a place to stay, contact Ron Combs, 503 777-8117,or Bernice Schuchardt, 503 7754161, and we will find a place for you to stay..
JUNE 6 (Sun.)–Sunday Afternoon
at the Oregon Zoo. 12 noon till 4 p.m. Rustam Kocher Coordinator, 503-356-9308; cell 503-481-5757. AFS students will get in for free; family members and friends will get discounted rate of $7.50 only if they pre-register with Rustam.
Call Ron Combs on his cell phone: (503) - 314- 5243
OAKS PARK in June
We don’t have a date set yet, but we are negotiating with the Oaks people to get some 2-for-1 tickets. Check with Ron Combs (503) 777-8117 or Bernice (503) 775-4161.
Bernice Schuchardt 4806 SE Long Portland, OR 97206
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Campus Tour/Nature Park Cleanup/Trip to Nike Employee Store. For YES students only. Contact Rustam for more information H: 503356-9308; Cell: 503-481-5757; e-mail: email@example.com.
/SHAKESPEARE TRIP. (Trip is full.) For those signed up, contact Marilyn Hays for more info at 503-665-2830. Orientation - Required for all AFS, YES, and FLEX students. Location: 805 Columbia Ridge Drive, Vancouver, WA, in Fellowship Hall. Jean Geocks is the coordinator—e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org AREA TEAM MEETING – 4 p.m. at orientation site.
Day in Portland and Starlight Parade. Meet at 10 a.m. at Lloyd Center Parking Lot (by Max station) for Day in Portland. For the parade only, you can meet at the reserved area along parade route at 7:30 p.m. Contact Christine for exact location. Coordinator: Christine Stevens
– Sunday Afternoon at the Oregon Zoo. 12 noon till 4 p.m. Rustam Kocher Coordinator, 503-356-9308; cell 503-481-5757. AFS students will get in for free; family members and friends will get discounted rate of $7.50 only if they pre-register with Rustam.
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