New local coordinator in Orange for International Cultural Exchange Services

Published 6:22 pm Saturday, March 9, 2019

To The Leader


International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) welcomes William Thompson as a new Local Coordinator.

“Since I retired at Fort Hood Texas after 20 years of service I have remained in Texas for 23 years. While living in Germany I visited France and Italy. My wife and I have vacationed in Mexico and Honduras. I enjoy woodworking, horses, traveling and watching TV,” Thompson said. “My wife is semi-retired. She has a part-time grooming shop here at our house. We have hosted one exchange student from China, and we are currently hosting a young lady from Brazil. I enjoy the interaction with the students. We attend church weekly. My wife and I have 15 Grandkids and twins on the way. Our life revolves around our large family.”

William is excited about this new opportunity to work with international high school students and the local families that host them. He feels that having exchange students in our local schools and communities increase mutual understanding and improves relationships between countries.

William will be working with families and schools in Orange and in the surrounding area.

William is currently looking for families that would like to host for the school year of 2019. Exchange students live as a member of the host family—not a guest or boarder.

They participate in family activities, follow host family rules, and help with chores. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses; Host families provide room and board and loving parental guidance to the student.

As the Local Coordinator, William is available to answer questions, give advice, and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience. For more information about hosting or working with ICES, please contact William Thompson.

ICES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful world by  increasing international awareness and understanding through cultural sharing  experiences