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Cultural Visitors | Fri, 05/22/2015 - Sat, 05/30/2015

Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program II

18 visitorsNear East and Africa

We are once again hosting the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program and are looking for host families for May 22-30.  The program will bring 16 high school students and 3 adult mentors from Botswana, Ghana, Rwanda, and Tanzania.  Sponsored by the US State Department, the program aims to build a network of young leaders from different ethnic, religious, and national groups willing to promote mutual understanding and community service.

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 complete community service projects.  The World Affairs Council provides lunches, cultural events, transportation to meetings and appointments, and a recreational activity one day each weekend.

The visiting participants are 15-18 years old and are selected based on academic performance, community involvement, and English language proficiency.  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 Africa and how young people can make a difference right here in Portland.

In addition to the fifteen student participants, three adult chaperones will be traveling with the program.  We are looking for homestay hosts for these adult visitors as well.  

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.

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