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This summer make a connection that can last a lifetime: host an Iraqi youth!

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Learn for yourself how much fun it can be to host an international visitor.

The World Affairs Council is looking for Portland-area families with high school-age children to host Iraqi and US participants of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program from July 22–August 3.

Seven Iraqi teenagers and four American teenagers will be in Oregon from July 22 – August 3, 2011, for a program focusing on Youth Activism and Social Justice. Homestay host families provide a bed, breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from the Council’s downtown office during program days, and an American family experience. Visitors will visit youth groups, meet with civic leaders, attend workshops, and craft a media project on the theme of grassroots democracy.

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 community of Louisville, Kentucky. 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 ten student participants, an Iraqi educator and a student from the SIT Graduate Institute will also be traveling with the program. We are looking for homestay hosts for these two adult visitors as well.

Contact Andrew Neal at (503) 306-5216 or andrewatworldoregon [dot] org for more information.

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