Vail Valley spotlight: Nonprofit looking for host families |

Vail Valley spotlight: Nonprofit looking for host families

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

Organization Name: Center for Cultural Interchange

President: Emanuel Kuntzelman

Area representative: Carol Matthews, Eagle-Vail

Phone number: 970-748-8631

Web address:

E-mail contact:

Years in business: Since 1985

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from it’s work?

The Center for Cultural Interchange is a nonprofit international exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, environmental consciousness and world peace. The Center organizes high school exchanges, short-term group home-stays, internships, volunteers, work and travel, and language study programs in the United States and in more than 30 countries around the world.

We have been able to expand the organization’s activities in spite of the uncertainties of international travel, and thereby do even more toward fulfilling our mission. We now receive more than 7,000 students annually ” a remarkable increase since our first seven students participated in 1985.

Center for Cultural Interchange is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 exchange visitor program sponsor for the secondary school and summer work/travel programs. We are currently granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and are a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation, Association of International Educators, Global Work Experience Association and the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

Where does your funding come from?

Parents of international students pay a fee to the Center for Cultural Exchange’s foreign partners for facilitating the student exchange. Some scholarships are also available through the U.S. Department of State.

How many staff members work for you?

There are 75 employees and 400 independent contractors who serve as regional directors and area representatives.

Other information:

The Center for Cultural Exchange is currently looking for host families in Eagle and Summit Counties for the 2009-10 academic year. The host families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds, including working parents, couples without children, singles and single parents, adoptive parents and empty-nesters.

International students will be in grades 10-12, and will come for either a five or 10-month program. The only obligations for a host family are room and board and local transportation ” the students bring their own spending money and they have their own insurance. The placement for a student arriving for the start of school in the fall must take place by mid-August. Please call Carol at 970-748-8631 for more information about becoming a host family.

Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983, or

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