Ways to Support the Intern Program

Immediate Needs

Host an International Teaching Intern!

We need families to provide room and board for our interns while they are here in Minnesota. Families can choose to host an intern for half or an entire school year.  It is a very rewarding experience for both the host family and the intern.

If you are interested in being a Host Family, please fill out the District_Host_Family_Application today and email to Cammy Bahner at cammy.bahner@gmail.com.!

2021 – 2022 SEF Board Opportunities

Vice-Chair 
The SEF Vice-Chair is a Director on the SEF Board, provides back-up to the Chair during Chair absences and reviews/signs-off on SEF financial reviews, monthly budget and tax paperwork. Additionally, the Vice-Chair supports the Communication team and Fundraising team, as well as our Intern Coordinator and Host & Buddy Family Coordinator(s) as needed. If you have a background in social media, communications or fund-raising OR you’re willing to learn, this is a great opportunity for you. Time commitment is approximately 1 – 15 hours per month throughout the calendar year.  If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact our outgoing Vice-Chair Jeff Houdek at jeff.houdek@gmail.com.

2021 – 2022 Committee Opportunities

Intern Committee Chair(s)

Our Intern Committee Chair(s) work closely with other Intern Committee members to ensure our interns have a successful year interning. The SEF Intern committee consists of a Host Family Coordinator, a Buddy Family Coordinator, a Transportation & Cultural Events Coordinator and Intern Clothing Coordinator. The Chair(s) supports committee members in their work while providing oversight/coordination of efforts. If you’re a strong communicator, detail orientated and well organized, this is a great role for  you. Time commitment is approximately 2 – 5 hours per month during recruiting season, then on an as needed basis. If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Sarah Bailey at sarahb11278@gmail.com.

Buddy Family Coordinator(s)
The SEF Buddy Family Program provides a “break” for our host families while participating families create lasting relationships with our interns. Our coordinator(s) help recruit buddy families who are then matched to a host family and an intern. Additionally, the coordinator(s) check-in and support buddy families and interns throughout the school year as needed, and by coordinating the driving schedule for bi-monthly intern meetings. If you’ve got a knack for organization, like to meet new people and want to connect with interns, buddy and host families, this is a great opportunity for you. Time commitment is approximately 2 – 5 hours per month during recruiting season, then on an as needed basis. If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact our outgoing Buddy Family Coordinators Holly Chester and Kim Pederson at SEFbuddyfamily@gmail.com.

Board of Director Role-shadowing Opportunities

At the end of the 2021 – 2022 school year, several of our Board of Directors will rotate out of leadership positions as their students move on to Central Middle School. If you have an interest in joining the SEF Board as Chair, Treasurer or Secretary, we’d love to have you meet with the current board members and join our monthly meetings to learn more. If you’re interested in learning more about the roles, please contact the following:
Chair – Sarah Bailey at sarahb11278@gmail.com
Treasurer – Wayne Bailey at waynerbailey@gmail.com
Secretary – Pam Noll at nollpamela1@gmail.com


All Year Long

Host an International Teaching Intern!

We need families to provide room and board for our interns while they are here in
Minnesota. Families can choose to host an intern for half or an entire school year.
It is a very rewarding experience for both the host family and the intern.

If you are interested in being a Host Family, please fill out the District_Host_Family_Application today and email to Cammy Bahner at cammy.bahner@gmail.com.!

Become a Buddy Family

Buddy families help support the host families. They help with transportation, take the interns on family outings and are another home for the interns. Buddy families support the interns and host families for an entire school year.

If you are interested in being a Buddy Family, please fill out the Buddy Family Application today!

Intern Transportation

We ask families to help with the interns’ transportation needs so the burden doesn’t fall solely on the host families. Interns need transportation to classes (evenings and weekends), school events (after school and evenings) and social events (evenings and weekends). Click here to sign up to be a driver on the intern transportation website.

Intern Clothing

Our interns usually come from warmer climates and are not prepared for the winter weather here in Minnesota. We take clothing donations of hats, gloves, jackets, boots, snow pants, vests, sweaters and pants. We clean and store these items once donated and use them from year to year for each group of interns. Have warm winter clothing to donate? Contact the Intern Clothing Coordinator.


We cannot have International Teaching Interns if we do not have Host Families, Buddy Families, Transportation Volunteers or Clothing Donations to support them.

If you are interested in hosting an intern, being a buddy family, are willing to drive interns to their activities or have winter clothing to donate, please use the links above to contact the coordinators or sign up to be a driver.
Thank you!

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