Program brings students from around the world to Utah

Posted at 7:02 AM, Jan 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-20 11:13:12-05

SYRACUSE, Utah – A non-profit organization works to give students around the world a chance to live in the United States, and several of those students are in Utah.

Education First has been around for more than 30 years, and last year they sent more than 2,600 students all over the U.S.

About 13 of those students are in Utah, and those who spoke with FOX 13 News said they are enjoying their time in the Beehive State.

“I love skiing, so I’m really glad I live close to all the skiing,” said Isabelle Toersleff, who is from Sweden.

Few, from Thailand, also likes it here.

“The people here are very nice: my host family, my friends,” Few said. “Everything is good, and the weather is nice too.”

Chris Eggett is the regional coordinator for Education First’s Foundation for Foreign Studies, and he said their efforts help create relationships.

“The best part about it is that, as a family, you get to be part of that exchange and go back and visit those families, visit those kids, and they love it. They treat you like their family,” Eggett said.

Eggett is a host, which means she sometimes houses exchange students. She said she plans to go to Germany this year so she can visit some of the students who used to stay with her.