[Ohio-talk] Fwd: Blind student Celine from Malaysia

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Sat Oct 26 15:06:38 UTC 2013

Good afternoon.  On Saturday I will be giving a presentation on
hosting an exchange student.  Thursday I received this information
about a blind student who will come to the U.S. for a semester.  If
anyone is interested in hosting this student please let me know.

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From: Barbara McManus <bmcmanus at afsusa.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:06:11 -0400
Subject: Blind student Celine from Malaysia
To: marianne at denningweb.com

Dear Marianne,
AFS has a blind student from Malaysia coming for second semester (January
through June) and I thought I would send you her info and the MIUSA report
in case you have any good ideas on getting the word out to potential host
families for her.  She sounds like yet another amazing girl....

If you want to send the MIUSA report to someone, please let me know and I
will prepare a copy without last name or other identifying info as we
cannot show that to a family until they are approved by AFS to host a


Celine (Female from Malaysia) - YES Program
Service Ref.:
0 years old 0 months
Semester Program for South Hemisphere(January through May) / 2014
Nationally Available

1st Quartile
December 2016
Senior Manager/Housewife
Any pets okay
Dietary Restrictions:

Biographical Summary:
Celine is an ambitious young woman from peninsular Malaysia. She is from a
loving family, comprised of her father, her mother and her younger
brother. They truly enjoy spending their time together when she is home
from boarding school on weekends. Together they have picnics, go to
museums, planetariums, zoos... you name it! if it's fun and educational,
they are on board to do it as a family.

Celine is a self-described "chatterbox." This, in combination with her
open-mindedness has been advantageous in helping her meet new and
different people, which she loves to do. She has a great thirst for
knowledge and considers herself very active, too. As a consequence, Celine
is willing to challenge herself and do many things that some Blind people
might not feel comfortable doing.

Her great ambition fuels one of her greatest goals in life: one day,
Celine wants to attend Harvard's School of Law so she can pursue a career
in legal studies. She considers the opportunity to come to the USA as a
YES scholarship students just the first step towards this greater goal.
Regardless of her ambitious plans for the future, she is excited to visit
new places in America and to learn about the country now.

Currently, Celine attends a residential school for the Blind, which means
that she manages a lot of personal responsibilities on her own. She
maintains her own room, washes and irons her own clothing and she prides
herself on her self-sufficiency. In her courses she is a top performer and
gets top-notch grades. But she doesn't stop there. In addition to
maintaining good grades and managing her own laundry and living space, she
is an athlete and a pianist! Her track and field events include shot put,
long jump and high jump and she has received awards for her sporting

Celine will arrive in her host community on Saturday, January 25th
following an arrival orientation and an orientation for students with
disabilities in the Washington DC area.

At school, Celine needs learning materials in Braille and tactile graphics
in order to have access to the curriculum.

YES Students need to be placed in established Sponsored Programs Clusters;
if you have questions about this, please contact your local volunteer
leadership or Team Development Specialist.

Barbara McManus
Team Development Specialist
Greater Cincinnati Area Team

email:  bmcmanus at afsusa.org
Ph:  (646) 381-3314
1-800-876-2576  Ext. 3314
cell: (513) 608-2781
fax: (971) 200-2857
For emergencies involving an AFS participant during regular business
hours, please call your regional support coordinator at (800) 876-2377,
and after business hours call (800) 876-2376 to be connected to a Duty

Meet the students: : http://www.afsusa.org/host-family/meet-students/
Join our global community: Host an AFS Exchange Student

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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053
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