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Market Square Presbyterian Church
Harrisburg, PA

Friends and families of Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg PA welcome CIH international students to spend the holidays with us. 

Our home-stay program typically includes: 

Some hosts have offered:

Travel to/from Harrisburg: 
Christmas International House – Harrisburg begins December 18 and ends January 2.  Any exceptions to this schedule must be approved – in advance – by Bonnie McCann and the host family.  Most students arrive at the Harrisburg International Airport (code:  MDT), by train (Amtrak) or bus. 

Harrisburg is usually very cold in the winter:  25 – 45 degrees F.  We could have snow and cold winds – so you will need walking shoes and warm clothing, including a coat, hat, scarf and mittens/gloves.

Plan to bring enough cash and/or “Travelers Checks” for your expenses because local banks will not cash personal checks.  Travelers checks in American dollars are available from your bank at school.  Meals in your host home will be provided.  Group trips, and any other travel or personal shopping, will be at your own expense.  Most students bring at least $200 - $500 in cash or travelers checks.

International Dinner: 
We will have an “International Dinner” at the church.  Hosts, students and others friends of CIH will bring favorite foods to share.  You will have the opportunity to share music, dances, stories or art from your homelands.  You may want to bring favorite recipes, traditional clothing of your country, photographs, musical instruments and recorded music – anything you can easily carry that will be your way to share your country and culture.

Bus Trips:
CIH-Harrisburg offers one-day bus trips to Washington DC and to New York City at a reduced cost for students.  CIH-Ephrata also offers one-day trips to the Lancaster Amish Country, also at a reduced cost.  Students MUST reserve a seat on the bus and purchase your tickets in advance from Bonnie McCann.  We cannot guarantee seats unless you buy tickets BEFORE December 1.  All tours include lots of walking – inside and outside.  Be sure to bring warm clothes including coat, hat, scarf and gloves.


Program Size

10 students

Program Type



Males and females, couples and families


Warm clothes, including coats

Suggested cash for optional personal expenses

Personal expenses, shopping, bus tours

Program Dates

December 18, 2012 to January 2, 2013


Harrisburg Airport (MDT)

Train Depot

Harrisburg Transportation Center

Bus Depot

Harrisburg Transportation Center

Driving Directions

On request


Can be very cold, maybe snow

Local Attractions

State Capital, County Courthouse, State Museum, Civil War Museum, Hershey Chocolate Factory, Candyland, Amish Country, Gettysburg

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