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Monday, August 5, 2013

JOB: Host families @ Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International (Aug. 4-11)

A Program of Bountiful/Davis Art Center

Be a Part of Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International!

Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International (BDSI) has been an annual tradition in Davis County for 25 years. BDSI is an exciting celebration of the arts that includes artist booths, ethnic food, games, children’s art activities, exhibits, folk musicians and dancers from around the world. 
Over 200 international dancers and musicians travel to Bountiful each year to perform at BDSI. They come at their own expense and during their stay, are hosted by local families. The international guests enjoy this chance to experience American culture first-hand while likewise sharing their own traditions. Their introduction to American life is through staying in a host family.  The bonds formed during these exchanges have frequently blossomed into lifelong friendships.

“This was definitely a good experience because here, in a host family, you experience American culture.  In other countries, we stayed in a hotel.  Host families are different because they become like your own family!”
Indonesian Dancer 2011

“Summerfest adds a unique experience to the lives of families by letting them become ambassadors for Utah. It’s so much fun to have guests from other countries in your home.  You can gain lifetime friendships and penpals.  LOTS OF FUN!”
Barbie Landsaw, Summerfest Host Family

Host families provide sleeping arrangements within their home for 2 or more guests.  They must also provide meals and transportation to and from BDSI events.

2013 Participating Groups:

Chile: Tierra Chilena
Lithuania: Siaudele
Martinique: Les Fonds Blancs
Netherlands: Volksdansgroep Orient Culemborg
USA: Lil Feathers and Morningstar, Native American groups: (these groups are local and do not need housing)

Les Fonds Blancs from Martinique will participate in Summerfest this year

BDSI offers many other rewarding volunteer opportunities in addition to hosting.  Whether helping with park set-up, stage crew, security, and maintenance, or tending to the children’s art yard, hospitality booth or information center, serving as a BDSI volunteer is an excellent way to become more involved in the local community and share in the success of this dynamic event.  We are also looking for volunteers who can speak Spanish, French, Dutch, Taiwanese or Lithuanian to help as guides and liaisons to the groups. It is not necessary to speak the language to be a host family.  

Other Ways You Can Be Involved

Bountiful/Davis Art Center is a 501-C-3 organization. All donations are therefore tax-deductibleFor more information regarding volunteer positions, hosting, sponsorship benefits and suggested donations, please log-on to www.bdac.org or email us at info@bdac.org. This year to enrich the experience of our international guests, we are planning a day trip to Moab to show them Arches National Park.  We are looking for donations to support this trip and other aspects of providing for our international guests.  Though the groups come at their own expense, the Summerfest organizing committee arranges housing, food, local transportation and entertainment for them.  If you cannot host this year, but would like to help out, please consider making a donation to Bountiful/Davis Art Center as a gesture of hospitality to our international friends. Thank you.

Summerfest is a program of Bountiful/Davis Art Center, recently re-located at 28 East State Street, South Door, 2nd Floor, in the Davis County Memorial Courthouse in Farmington, Utah.


For more information about this and other programs of Bountiful/Davis Art Center, call 801 451-3660 or visit us online at www.bdac.org  http://www.bdac.org/email: info@bdac.org. BDAC can be found on Twitter and Facebook.      Additional pictures and information are available upon request.

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