I’ve been tutoring Chinese exchange students at Fairfield Prep for the past three years and never had the opportunity to participate in a Chinese New Year celebration, until this past Sunday. Lina, the student coordinator at Prep for these students, who are part of the Apex International Education Partners, LLC (AIEP) invited my wife and me to the event, which was at the Aquaturf Club near Southington. Our biggest regret was that we weren’t able to bring our grandson Lucas (aka Lun Lun) to celebrate his heritage.
AIEP is an international student recruiting and homestay organization that was established in 2011. The program depends on and is continuously seeking host families in areas like Fairfield and across Conn. to house international students who are enrolled in schools like Fairfield Prep. Host parents receive a generous monthly stipend. The AIEP program, which started in Waterbury just a few years ago with about 30 Chinese exchange students, now has more than 300 students staying with host families across Connecticut, in New York, Mass. and Maryland.