Dear Host Family / local supporter,

As you know each year, the College puts together a Winter Break Programme for 25 students who are unable to go home due to financial reasons or political instability in their home countries.

It is very important to us that we put together a programme which is stimulating and supportive – and compensates for the fact that they are unable to return to their families as the other students do after a busy and challenging term at UWC. This year, we have planned a programme after the end of term – from the 9th to 23rd December – which includes a visit to Oslo and Lillehammer and a stay at the Red Cross Cabin at Langeland.

The students will be based on campus from the 23rd December to 11th January (when term resumes). I appreciate that this is a special time for Norwegian families but ask that you consider inviting a student or two for a short visit (a day trip or overnight stay) during this period. This will give the students on our Winter Break Programme an invaluable break from their daily life on campus and an opportunity to meet local people in a friendly and homely setting. In return, our students offer friendship, good company, an introduction to their language(s) and culture(s), a bit of help around the house, a free child-minding service and much much more.

We are hugely appreciative of all the support we receive already and hope that some of you will open your homes in this period to students who are a long way from home.

The students can come individually or in pairs. If you would like to support our Winter Break Programme, please contact Hildegunn on / 5773 7098 – and she will coordinate the logistics.

God Jul –

With best wishes

Richard D A Lamont