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International Visitors | Sat, 07/20/2013 - Wed, 07/31/2013

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

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Seven Iraqi teenagers and four American teenagers will be in Oregon from July 22 – August 3, 2013, for a youth leadership program focusing on Youth Leadership and Grassroots Activism.

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 visitors will visit youth groups, meet with civic leaders, attend workshops, and craft a media project on the theme of grassroots activism.  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.  Each American participant will be paired with an Iraqi participant, so we need at least four hosts with two beds available.  To ensure participants learn about Portland teen life throughout their time here, we ask that each family also have a high school-age host sibling.  Host siblings will be able to participate in some program activities, and all cultural and recreational activities.  This is a great opportunity to learn both about teen life in Iraq and how young people can make a difference right here in Portland.

In addition to the 11 student participants, one Iraqi educator will also be traveling with the program.  We are looking for homestay hosts for these two adult visitors as well.  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.

To apply please fill out the attached hosting application.  For more information contact Andrew Neal at (503) 306-5216.

Community members can participate with this group in the following ways: