Posted by: Sarah Standish | June 7, 2012

Host a Middle Eastern student for a weekend!

If you’ve ever thought about hosting a foreign student at your home, but just couldn’t make the long-term commitment, this is the opportunity for you!  The Middle East Partnership Initiative is looking for eighteen families to host Middle Eastern students for just one weekend in the summer.

This is a fantastic way to learn a little more about Middle Eastern culture and add something special and different to your summer.

When: July 7-8

Where: Your home

Who: You and a youth leader from one of sixteen different Arab countries!

More information about the program:

These 18 (10 male, 8 female) youth leaders, aged 18 – 22, will be in the United States for 5 weeks, 4 in Portland and then one week in Boston, MA for a weeklong intensive field study. They will be living in the PSU dorms and we’ve arranged a host family weekend to enhance their Portland experience. Please help us find a place for these incredible youth leaders. For more information on the program and expectations for both the homestay families and youth leaders please see the attached document and host family expectations below. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Esther Lim (Program Coordinator) at 503-725-5642 or

Expectations of Host Family
> ·         Openness to experiencing another culture, with respect for the home culture of the MEPI student
> ·         Invite the student to join in family activities, including outings and meals
> ·         Provide a private room and bed
> ·         Consider a short day-trip to an interesting destination of choice within Oregon

Click here for a PDF describing the program and expectations.


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