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Kosovo Youth Exchange Program to Bring Students to Oregon in 2012

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The World Affairs Council is looking for host families for next year’s

Kosovo Youth Exchange Program

HOST APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 25, 2012

The World Affairs Council of Oregon, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, will be hosting high school students from Kosovo for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Council is currently seeking host families from Sherwood, Tigard-Tualatin, and Riverdale school districts to participate in this experience and host the visiting students!

This unique exchange program awards 16 high school students from Kosovo, Europe’s newest democracy, an opportunity to live and study in the U.S.  The program aims to develop a network of young adults in Kosovo and the United States who have a commitment to civic responsibility and multicultural understanding.

While attending local high schools, students participate in leadership trainings, community service projects, and ultimately develop an action plan project to implement in their home communities. By living in home-stays they will have an opportunity to develop a strong understanding of American culture while sharing parts of their own heritage.

For more background on the program visit the KYEP website at: http://www.ccwakyep.org

 

WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE PROGRAM?

Exchange students will attend school for the entire 2012-2013 school year from August to June.  Host families are able to host participants for either one semester (Spring or Fall) or the entire school year.

HOW IS THIS EXCHANGE DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

All Kosovo Youth Exchange Program participants are 15-17 years old, English speaking, and are selected by the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo based on their academic performance, personality, and commitment to community service.  Funded by the Department of State, the program allows for equal opportunity for students coming from any ethnic, socioeconomic, race or religious backgrounds to study in the U.S.

ARE HOST FAMILIES COMPENSATED?

All hosts are volunteers and must demonstrate the ability to support a foreign student for the hosting period.  Student travel costs, school activity fees, and a weekly stipend for school lunches and personal items are provided by the Department of State.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF A HOST FAMILY?

·   Hosts families must live within the Sherwood, Tigard-Tualatin, or Riverdale school district boundaries.

·    Hosts must provide the students with their own bed. If the student is to share a room, it should be with a child of the same gender and similar age

·    Hosts are expected to help the World Affairs Council monitor student wellbeing and ensure the student’s safety during the exchange.

·    Host families are expected to provide a welcoming environment for the student and integrate them as much as possible into daily home and family life.  In turn, exchange participants are expected to respect the household rules, personal lifestyles, and financial limitations of their host families.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply please fill out the attached hosting application.  For more information contact Andrew Neal at (503) 306-5216.  Host applications are due to the World Affairs Council by May 20.