CT Post – Looking for a cultural exchange? Apex International Education Partners can help
May 31, 2022
When Daisy Benson was looking to fill her empty nest, she wasn’t sure where to turn. She then saw an ad in her local paper for Apex International Education Partners.
The Connecticut-based organization connects host families with international students who are seeking education in the U.S. Benson was inclined to apply for the program when she saw AIEP partnered with her daughter’s alma mater, Lauralton Hall. Benson went through the application process and was paired with Mia, a high school senior from China. That was eight years ago.
“Mia set the bar so high,” Benson said, noting the two still keep in touch. “It was a fabulous experience.” After hosting Mia, Benson received an email from AIEP’s president, David Guerrera. He was looking for coordinators to come on board; Benson just so happened to be looking for a new job. “I took a leap of faith and joined the company a year later,” she said. “This August (marks) seven years I’ve been with AIEP.”