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Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:00pm

French-Speaking Host Families Needed!

News | International Visitor Leadership Program

Welcome the next generation of African leaders into your home! 

This August, the World Affairs Council of Oregon will be hosting a francophone cohort of students participating in the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program, and we are looking for French-speaking host families for August 21-29.  

The program will bring 15 high school students and 5 adult mentors from Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritania and Togo to Portland. It is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and aims to build a network of young leaders from different ethnic, religious, and national groups willing to promote mutual understanding and community service. The student participants are 15-18 years old, French-speaking, and are selected by their local U.S. Embassy for the program.  

Seeing Oregon through the eyes of local families gives visitors a deeper understanding of our community and builds international diplomacy from the bottom-up.  Host families must have one French-speaking family member.  Hosts provide a bed, breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from the Council’s downtown office during program days, and an American home experience. Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the visitors will visit youth groups, meet with civic leaders, attend workshops, and complete community service projects coordinated by the World Affairs Council. The Council also provides lunches, cultural events, transportation to meetings and appointments, and a recreational activity one day over the weekend.

Join us in welcoming these amazing young leaders and their mentors to Portland!

For more information or to sign up, contact Andrew Neal at andrewatworldoregon [dot] org or (503) 306-5216.

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