International Cultural Exchange Services announced Tere Gunderson will be the organization’s new local coordinator for Hermiston.

Gunderson will work with foreign exchange students and their host families who participate through ICES in the Hermiston area.

According to a news release, Gunderson runs a repair service “geared toward the equine community” and enjoys sewing, design, crafts, reading and crocheting, as well as riding horses, which she has owned all her life. Barrel racing and cattle work are her favorite equine activities.

“Along the way of being in the business, I have been to many different places and met some really great people,” she said. “A lot of that has been the inspiration to work with exchange students and learn more about different countries and cultures, and travel to these places through the people I will get to meet along the way.”

Gunderson is currently looking for families willing to host an exchange student for the 2021-22 school year.

According to the news release, families are expected to treat students as members of their own family by including them in family activities, rules and chores. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses, while host families provide room and board.

For more information about hosting through International Cultural Exchange Services, contact Gunderson at tgunderson@icesusa.org.

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