Local resident Anne Schaffer recently joined more than 500 EF Foundation for Foreign Study international exchange coordinators for a weekend in Dallas.

Attendees, including Schaffer, were recognized for their commitment to high school student exchanges and had an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments.

In 2012, EF Foundation international exchange coordinators placed nearly 3,000 students from 25 countries with host families across the United States.

In Schaffer’s position as an international exchange coordinator, she is supporting a priority United States foreign policy goal of expanding communications between U.S. citizens and people from other countries.

Schaffer, along with EF Foundation’s full-time staff, is responsible for matching students with host families, enrolling them in high school and providing students, schools and host families with guidance and support throughout the experience.

“It was really great going to Dallas,” said Schaffer. “I was able to meet up with other coordinators from all over the country to celebrate high school foreign exchange. It’s amazing to see how many American schools and families already value the cultural benefits and opportunities that hosting a student can bring. While I already have five local schools participating this year, I would love to see more participation throughout Charleston and the Lowcountry.”

The foundation is looking for families to open their homes to an exchange student for the 2013-14 school year. Email Anne.Schaffer@ effoundation.org.