Thanks to your generous donations to the BFEF, Franklin funds international interns every year in our four language programs. These young teachers work in all classrooms, reducing the student-teacher ratio while also reinforcing language learning and cultural awareness. You'll see them working with students, helping with art projects, reading groups, and leading games at recess.
Our interns come from countries where our four languages are spoken. Most of our interns stay the entire school year, although some do choose to stay only one semester. All interns are hosted by Franklin families; we cannot invite an intern unless we have a host family in place. You may host an intern for as little as 9 weeks.
BFEF finds interns through several sources, including Amity and CICD. Interns are vetted by our teachers, principal, BFEF's intern coordinator, and the sponsoring organizations. Each intern submits to a background check as well.
Franklin also has interns and teaching assistants provided through cultural programs run by French and Spanish Consulates and Fondazione Italia.
Interns bring a perspective on their home country, culture and people. Interns also learn about our culture here in Southern California. Franklin wants each intern to return home and share what they have learned and experienced with their own communities.
Each host family provides room and board free of charge in exchange for the teaching intern’s active participation in family life and household chores. Host families provide:
- Room and board for the intern with a family or individual in the community or surrounding community where sponsoring school is located.
- A private bedroom (bedding and towels provided by host family); a shared bathroom is fine.
- Intern can live with multiple families, but each family must host for a minimum of nine weeks
- Transportation for the intern to and from the airport upon arrival and departure
If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact the Franklin Intern Coordinator at bfefcommunications.com