Families needed to Host International High School Students

WorldChicago is working this year on a State Department FLEX program which will bring international youth from the former Soviet states to the US to enroll in a US high school for one year. South Shore International College Prep High School has agreed to take two students – Olga from Russia and Polina from Ukraine – but WorldChicago is now looking for host families for these two (English-speaking) young women. More information about the two women is provided below and information about the FLEX program is below and on the attached documents.

Olga, Russia

In her hometown, Olga lives with her sister and parents. She is involved in aerobics and volleyball, and she bikes and swims in her free time. Olga attends an art school, where she plays the accordion and electronic piano. She is passionate about the English language, and she hopes to either be a translator or become involved in international relations. Olga looks forward to sharing her Russian culture with her host family, and she hopes to learn more about American culture.

Polina, Ukraine

Polina lives in Ukraine with her parents, brother, and cats. English, German, and chemistry are her favorite subjects, and she aspires to be a doctor. Polina’s hobbies include gymnastics, reading, cooking, and photography, and spending time in nature. She is devoted to her community service organization, which donates toys and clothes to those in need. Polina is excited to be a part of the FLEX Program as she looks forward to learning more about the history and culture of the United States.

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program

· This is an academic year exchange, so students are in the United States from August-June.
· Students are from Eurasia, including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova.
· Student selection is very competitive and based on excellence in academics, character, and English language.
· Students attend high school and are highly involved in community service activities.
· Students have their own insurance and their own spending money for incidentals and school fees.
· Families are supported by WorldChicago; we will help with any problems, answer questions, and plan events for students/families.

Anyone interested in hosting students can contact Amy at (312) 254-1800 x102 or akrzyzek@worldchicago.org and host family applications are available here.


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