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PAGE 8 THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 10, 1982 Little Rock Couple Aid in Exchanging Foreign Students By Joyce Dillingham Little Rock -- Enthusiasm for international exchange is the reason that Dr. Deborah J. Baldwin and her husband, James Metzger, of 723 North Jackson, Little Rock, accepted the recent appointment as Area Representatives of OPEN DOOR. OPEN DOOR is sanctioned by the United States International Communication Agency to bring high School students from foreign countries to live with American families while attending school. As in a true exchange, these students will be expected to be hosts to American students either prior to or after their experience. A professor of Latin American history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Baldwin admires the flexibility of the program which may include either a sum- mer, semester (5 months) or full school year ( 10 months). The goal of the international exchange program is peace through understanding. It is committed to provide an experience that will in turn enrich not only the student and families, but hopefully to strengthen bonds with different cultures and affect the total community. No strangers to different environments, the Metzgers, with 14-month-old daughter, Kirsten Anne, recently returned from a two- month European tour. Previous summers have been spent in Mexico with special em- phasis on the Yucatan ruins. One summer was spent in Valle de Zaragoza with the American Friends Service Commi[tee where, with the help of multi-lingual college students, they painted health clinics, built a wall around a cemetery and arranged recreational activities for underprivileged children. The Metzgers, both in their early 30's, are natives of Indianapolis, Ind. While she at- tended Ball State University in Muncie, he was at the University of Notre Dame. After further education. "He thinks one doctor in the house is enough," she laughed. It was while at a language institute in Cuernavaca in 1974 that Dr. Baldwin met Howard Berthanthel, Executive Director of OPEN DOOR who kindled her interest in the project. At the time, the organization which had been founded in 1963 was primarily in South and Central America, but now it in- cludes most European countries. Their duties as area representatives will be to greet students upon their arrival and assume responsibility for them while they are in this country. They will make themselves available to see that the students' experiences are happy ones. "The rule of thumb for a host family is to treat their visitor as they would a member of their own family," said Dr. Baldwin. "Chores such as one might give his own child would be acceptable for an exchange student," she added. Host families will provide a bed and three meals a day as the very basic contribution. The paid fee includes medical insurance coverage for the student and the host family .may deduct $50 a month as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes. Cultural exchanges have been an interest of the Metzgers for several years. After Notre Dame, Mr. Metzger worked with the Glen- mary Brothers in Kentucky on an Ap- palachian project. As a result, the Metzgers were able to renew acquaintance with Glenmary priest Father Jim Callahan, of An Award Winner and a Good Agent To Know  :o What's the perfect arragement for your estate? It's more intricate than you think. So you're wise to bring together the best talent available. Your lawyer. Trust officer. Your ac- countant. Your New Your Life : , Agent. Each of them has a key part to play. Working graduation, both attended the University of ok po.e,.o, tv with them, you can compose Chicago where she received her doctorate in No. Yo, k t,lel ....... eCo the rightplan. ,,oo wo,,h.. 0o.k s,g BIIII Latin American studies and he, a masters in L,,,,..o,, A, ,o, ll['41 economics. Mr. Metzger doesn't aspire for 375,9, Greater Little Rock LNU Dll N. Phone 753-6161 ir-,qlllliffldl L'l 4214 MacArthur Drive x.Aa%.*  North Little Hock. Ark Padml' Tools Wit1 "Everything in Hardware" STANLEY HARDWARE CO. 753-2470 Dr. Deborah J. Baldwin, husband James Metzger and daughter Anne. In September, Program Director Engel will be visiting Arkansas to promote OPEN DOOR among high students. Meanwhile, interested call the Metzgers at their Little Rock telephone, 664-6866. Warren, when they moved to Arkansas three years ago. Mr. Metzger's business, Histecon, is a consulting firm which does economic research specializing in labor and energy issues. 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