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Posted on July 11, 2019 |
By Nora Peachin



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FLOR FERNÁNDEZ MONTES, third from left, teaches Brian and Amy Mason and their kids — Elizabeth, Sophie and Zachary — how to prepare traditional Argentine empanadas. The Middlebury College student and the Weybridge family met through Middlebury’s Friends of International Students Host Program.

MIDDLEBURY — Every fall semester, the Great Hall is decked out with decorations and numbered stations for the big host family reveal. International students and local families meet on campus to discover their matches.

Participants in the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program have been anxiously awaiting this morning ever since they filled out questionnaires weeks earlier, detailing their expectations and hopes for their host experiences.

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