Dear Rochester-area families,
Word has gotten to me that there is a South Korean exchange student needing a family for the winter and spring. This is what was sent to me:
Our friend and conversation group member Catalina Ferreira is trying to find a host family for
a 16 year old boy from South Korea. She needs to find a home for him in the next week or
two so he can attend next semester at Lourdes High School. If you can help,
please contact Catalina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can out more about him (including a neat photo album) here:
If you’d rather not host, please pass the information along to anyone you think might be interested.
Thanks for your consideration,
Did you enjoy September? Good.
Now get back to work. We have our first meeting to plan for Camp Moon Hwa 2018 on October 9th at 6:00 PM at Madonna Towers.
If you’d like to see what a meeting looks like, come join us. Especially welcome are people who want to help out with planning, but don’t want to commit before getting a better understanding of the workings.
This morning we received a request for help in finding homes for 2 South Korean exchange students. Time is short, so the sooner you decide to accept one into your home the better. If interested, please call the number listed or contact Sue Franck via e-mail sfranck (at) nacelopendoor.org. Thanks!
FLIER – TaeRin. Lourdes, MN
FLIER – JunSang. Lourdes, MN
We truly do need assistance. We have three very nice South Korean teenagers coming to Rochester to attend Lourdes High School. We have a potential host family for one of the young ladies, but we have a girl and a boy for whom we are still seeking homes. Nacel Open Door is a highly reputable high school age exchange organization, and we’ve had students at Lourdes for several years. This is the first time we’ve had difficulty locating suitable homes, though, and are reaching out to the community.
Our students’ natural parents pay for all of the private school tuition and expenses, uniforms, bus transportation, etc. The students come with their own personal spending money, and are covered by medical insurance. Our host families provide a warm environment, a private bedroom, meals (although students purchase school lunches), and basic care. Our families come from all walks of life, with a common goal of providing a South Korean teenage with a good experience while attending high school and preparing for the future.
In return, our families receive a host family stipend to help cover any expenses that may be incurred by having another member in the household. Additionally, we have an experienced and trained staff and local representative on hand to assist our families and students throughout the school year. You are never alone when hosting with Nacel Open Door, we are always here to help.
To learn more about us, please contact our website at www.nacelopendoor.org. The direct link to the Private School Program is http://www.nacelopendoor.org/exchange-programs/private-school-program.html. I am being so bold as to attach flyers giving a little information about two of our students, in the hope that you will help us reach out to people in the community who may be interested in assisting these exceptional young people. Additionally, if you refer people to us who do host one of the students, we will provide the camp with a $250 Referral Fee for each placement.
Please do call me at 800-622-3553 extension 603 with any questions you may have, or respond back via email. I am very anxious to speak to you further, and hope we can work together on behalf of these two deserving young people.
Samantha Rother from the Rotary Club contacted us about a great opportunity. Please see the recruitment flier at the end of this post if you are interested.
I saw your recent article about Camp Moon-Hwa in the Post Bulletin and it sounds like an incredible program and that we might share some similar goals. Our Rotary Club hosts an international exchange student each year and this year we will be welcoming a 16 year old girl, Chae-won from South Korea. I’m currently seeking host families for her and am wondering if you may be willing to share the opportunity with your network? Hosting through our program is only a three month commitment as Chae-won will stay with three different families during her time here to get a wide range of experiences. In return, she would be able her family the opportunity to get to know here and share her South Korean heritage. Rotary supports all of our families along the way, offers financial support to the student to minimize financial expectations of the family and sends our students to Lourdes High School so they can ride the school bus from anywhere within the Rochester School District. I’m also seeking host families for another student, Lara from Spain. I’ve attached additional information on the program. Do you know any families who may be interested in this opportunity or would you be willing to share with your network? I’d be happy to talk more with a family in person. Our program also offers students the opportunity to travel the world on exchange, this year one of our students will be going to South Korea. If you ever know a student who may be interested, please don’t hesitate to refer them to our website.
Are you part of the Camp Moon Hwa alumni?
Do you have thoughts on Camp Moon Hwa?
Good news! There’s a Facebook page just for you!
If you’re part of Camp Moon Hwa alumni, please join the Facebook group Camp Moon-Hwa Alumni. We’d love to get your thoughts and ideas for camp.
Hi camp volunteers waiting for the perfect volunteer opportunity,
Here are three more options into which your can sink your skills:
- Hospitality Committee— This committee would be responsible for
*writing thank you notes for teachers and volunteers (could be done before camp week)
*Deciding on and purchasing gifts for teachers (could be done before camp week)
*Checking in with teachers each morning to ensure that they have they need. If necessary, going to the store to purchased needed items.
* Assist with planning a post-Camp potluck as a thank you to the teachers. (could be done before camp week)
Marketing Director—this person or committee would be responsible for getting out information about Camp Moon Hwa: (all would be done before the week of camp)
*contacting local TV stations and newspapers regarding camp and inviting them for the program.
*contacting local adoption agencies with Korean adoption programs so they can pass information on to adoptive parents.
*finding a way to contact other Koreans and Korean Americans at the Mayo Clinic so they are aware of camp.
*Contacting other groups you think of or camp leadership thinks of
*assist T-shirt coordinator with packaging t-shirts and distributing on the first day of camp.
To volunteer contact Calley or send an e-mail message to campmoonhwamn (at) gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you. More information may become available after the February 13th camp meeting (which you may attend!).
… We have been in the process of revamping how camp is organized and transitioning into a committee based format for the planning of camp. This is to allow for more people to be involved as well to spread some of the responsibility so the work load is lessened for everyone. We took some time this fall to decide what committees we thought we needed. Since this is a work in progress, these can be adjusted as needed. We have initiated the forming of the committees, and have multiple areas of need for assistance. Some of these will be working primarily in the months outside of camp, and some will have responsibilities during camp.
We are having a meeting on January 23rd at 6 p.m. at Madonna Towers and would love to have you attend if you’re able. We are using this time to check in with the current committees that have already begun working to answer any questions and address any areas/challenges that may have come up. We’re also using this time to address areas where we need additional assistance and to offer information on what these areas are. That way, you can decide if these are of interest to you and if you can offer assistance in any way. We understand that not everyone is going to be able to attend. For the committees that have begun working, please let me know if you have areas of concern, questions, need additional help, etc. before Monday and I can bring it up at the meeting. For those of you who do not currently have an assigned task, let me know if you are still interested in helping and I can send out an email of needed areas after the meeting is over. Also, please pass this information on to anyone else you think may be interested in attending or having more information on ways they can help at camp.
All upcoming meetings will be posted on the website and Facebook page
and open to whoever would like to attend.
Director of Camp Moon Hwa
Everyone knows what the best part of camp is. That’s right: mandu.
However, the second best part is the camp store–where the campers (and some sneaky adults, too) buy refreshments and treats. We are looking for volunteers to run the camp store.
Here are the duties of running the camp store:
- Ordering from a list of treats and goodies
- Setting up the store on the Saturday before camp starts (June 25th)
- Staffing the store Monday-Thursday 9 AM – 3:15 PM and Friday morning (with some flexibility)
- Supervising other volunteers in the store
- Light bookkeeping duties
Please contact KC Hinz at email@example.com if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer.