Host Families Sought for Legislative Fellows from Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia




March 11, 2011

To:  Persons Interested in Ukraine, Georgia, and/or Russia

I am writing to explore whether you might be able to help identify potential host families (or individuals) for members of a group of Legislative Fellows scheduled to arrive in the United States in early April from Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia.

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS) is placing 33 Legislative Fellows from Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia in government themed mini-fellowships across the country fromApril 2 – April 30.

The Legislative Fellows will be traveling to the United States as part of the federally-funded Legislative Fellows Program (LFP). Initiated in 2005, under the auspices of the Legislative Education and Practice program, the LFP affords talented and promising young professionals from the three aforementioned countries the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, the United States government and the American political process.

LFP Fellows are competitively-selected public servants between 25 and 35 years of age drawn from diverse backgrounds. They are college educated (many have advanced degrees in law or international studies), have solid professional qualifications, and speak fluent English as demonstrated by a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam.  They are eager to learn how Americans address a range of political issues so that they may better their own societies.

Work sites have already been identified for the incoming Legislative Fellows but now it necessary to identify host families and/or individuals in many of the cities to which the Fellows will be assigned.

Specifically, host families are needed for the following cities:

  • Orange County, CA – Georgian
  • San Francisco, CA – Ukrainian
  • Boulder, CO – Russian
  • Denver, CO – Georgian
  • Hartford, CT – Ukrainian
  • Washington, DC  – Ukrainian + Georgian
  • Smyrna, GA – Russian
  • Elwood, IL – Russian
  • Indianapolis, IN – Russian
  • Southfield, MI – Russian
  • Greensborough, NC – Russian
  • Albany, NY – Russian
  • Harrisburg, PA – Georgian
  • Philadelphia, PA – Russian
  • Arlington, VA – Georgian
  • Montpelier, VT – Georgian

American Councils has invited me to assist, in a consulting capacity, in identifying potential host families and/or individuals.  Accordingly, I am contacting you to explore whether you might be able to serve refer me to persons who might be interested. I have provided below some basic information about being a host family.

** Hosting commitment: April 2 – April 30, 2011.

** Host “parent(s)” must be at least 30 years of age;

** Able to provide room and board (two meals a day during the week and three on weekends);

** Fellows have money for lunches;

** Accessibility to public transportation;

** English speakers at home (strongly preferred).

** Interest in intercultural exchange;

** Fellows receive a roundtrip ticket from their home country, medical insurance, a modest stipend, and an allowance for public transportation.

Unfortunately, the Legislative Fellows Program is not able to reimburse host families for any costs they incur or for their support.

Upon request, I would be happy to provide additional materials that provide more details about the Legislative Fellows Program or to answer any questions that you might have. Alternatively, feel free to contact Leslie Ryan, the program manager for the Legislative Fellows Program at American Councils at 202-833-7522 or LRyan@americancouncils.orgYou can also find information on-line at:

Again, please let me know if you might be interested in serving as a host family or can provide me with any contacts for prospective host families and/or individuals.

Please feel free to share this inquiry with others.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you.


Ken Bossong

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer-Ukraine (’00-’03)

Co-director, Ukrainian-American Environmental Association

Day: 301-270-6477 x.11

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