Posted by: Sarah Standish | June 6, 2014

Summer opportunity: Short-term exchange hosting

UPDATE: This program is still looking for hosts!  Please consider hosting if you will be around this summer!

If you’re looking to host an exchange student this summer without the long-term commitment, the World Affairs Council is offering the opportunity to host an Iraqi student activist for two weeks in August.

More information from the World Affairs Council:

As part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, thirteen high school students from Iraq and the US will be in Oregon for a leadership program focusing on public health.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program aims to build a network of young leaders from different ethnic, religious, and national groups willing to promote mutual understanding and community engagement.

Weekdays the visitors meet with youth groups and civic leaders, attend leadership workshops, and complete service projects.  To help our visitors learn about local teen life during their program, we are placing the students in host families that have a teenage host sibling.  Host siblings will be able to participate in program activities and weekend recreational events.  This is a great opportunity for local teens to learn about life in Iraq and how young people can make a difference here in Portland.

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.  During the 9:00am – 5:00pm day of programming, the World Affairs Council provides lunches, cultural events, transportation to meetings and appointments, and one day of recreational activities on the weekend.

The nine Iraqi high school students are recruited from all areas of Iraq and are selected based on academic performance, community involvement, and English language proficiency.  The four US participants are recruited from Portland’s partner communities across the country.  In addition to the student participants, an Iraqi educator will also be traveling with the program and we are looking for a host family for her as well.

For more information, please contact Andrew Neal at or (503) 306-5216.


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