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March 12, 2013
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Exchange student learns about Carson Valley

Norwegian exchange student Catharina Halleraker has been learning about America through a Carson Valley colored lens.

Going to ball games, attending Douglas High School, eating jerky and barbecued chicken wings are all part of the educational experience.

“It almost feels like it was yesterday when I sat on the plane heading overseas to the ‘land of opportunity,’ feeling like a lunatic,” she said. “But even though it’s one of the boldest, most crazy decisions of my life, it’s been one of the best as well, and I’m so happy I got out of my comfort zone so I could do what so many others dream about, travel around and experiencing the world.”

As part of the International Student Exchange, Catharina was matched to her family based on their interests, according to area representative Deborah Malone.

“I live with the best host family in the world, and have gotten so many good friends that I’m sure I will keep in touch with when I go back home,” Catharina, a 17-year-old Douglas High senior, said. “Six memorable months have passed by so fast, and I only have four months left, so I better make them just as amazing as the first ones. It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m left with wonderful stories to tell.”

Malone said that the organization is seeking host families for the 2013-14.

Families can select a student from one of more than 55 countries.

“We strive to match students and families with similar interest,” Malone said. “We provide a local coordinator who oversees the student and program in your area.”

For more information contact Malone at or 775-443-6874.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 12, 2013 05:05PM Published Mar 13, 2013 10:51AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.