Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
13 visitors — Iraq
Nine Iraqi teenagers and three American teenagers will be in Oregon from July 20-August 3 for a youth leadership program focusing on Integrating and Serving Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.
Homestay host families provide a bed, breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from the Council’s downtown office during program days, and an American home experience. Weekdays the participants will visit youth groups, meet with civic leaders, attend workshops, and volunteer in the community. The World Affairs Council provides lunches, cultural events, transportation to meetings and appointments, and a recreational activity one day each weekend.
The Iraqi teens are recruited from all areas of Iraq and are selected based on academic performance, community involvement, and English language proficiency. The US participants are recruited from Portland’s partner communities of Chicago, Tulsa, Brattleboro, and Washington DC. Each US participant will be paired with an Iraqi participant, so we need at least three hosts with two beds available. One host family will also be needed for an Iraqi adult mentor traveling with the group.
The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program is conducted in partnership with World Learning and is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division.
Learn for yourself how much fun it can be to host an international visitor.
For more information contact Andrew Neal at (503) 306-5216.