Our online Guest Speaker on June 17th was Ulli Murtagh.  Ulli, International Student Program Coordinator, with the Rocky Mountain International Student Program gave a great update on the program.  As Ulli explained the program offers students from around the world education programs in the schools in Kimberley, Invermere, Golden, Revelstoke, Cranbrook and Fernie.  Most of the students are registered in Grades 8 to 12.  With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic travel arrangements were made most of the students to return home. 70% of them returned to their home countries in March and April.  One student from Brazil is still hoping to make flight connections to return home this week. 
The program provides is a great opportunity to for these international students to learn about Canada and a great opportunity for local students to meet and make friends with students from around the globe.  This program also provides financial and educational benefits to the schools where they are enrolled and also to the communities they are staying in.   
Plans for September are still evolving and being adjusted as needed to meet the Public Health Guidelines that are in place for BC.  The program staff is still expecting 100 students to return in September and likely they will have to isolate for 14 days on arrival. 
One area of annual need is Home Stay Parents (host Parents).  If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a student check out the Rocky Mountain International School's website or contact  info@rminternational.ca  or call 250-427-2245 and talk to Ulli or Randy McLeod.