MANCHESTER - Expand your family's horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home through the STEP-to -U.S.A. program. The boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 18, will arrive on June 25 and spend 3 and one-half weeks in Vermont, departing on July 20. The students are all from the Basque region of Spain and must have excellent grades, attendance and behavior in school and also pass an English conversational interview to be accepted into the program.

Host families are asked to provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips (to New York, Boston, and Six Flags, and host siblings are invited to come along).

It's fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling. The students have their own spending money and phone cards. Since the students arrive soon, interested families are encouraged to call Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710, or email exchangeVT @gmail.com.