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Host High-School Students from Eastern Europe and Eurasia (American Councils)

American Councils for International Education is looking for individuals and families interested in hosting high school exchange students from Eastern Europe and Eurasia for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. High school students arrive to the United States on a highly selective scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

While in the U.S., students live with an American host family for one academic year. The program focuses on volunteer community service and cultural exchange and encourages students to become involved in activities that develop their leadership skills and sense of civic responsibility. A number of these students are on honor roll while studying here and stand out in their academics and involvement in extracurricular next to their American peers.
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine

These State Department scholarship recipients have undergone a competitive process to earn the right to represent their country. About 1 of 50 students who apply receive a scholarship to come. Each student speaks English, has full medical insurance, receives a monthly stipend, funds for school-related expenses and enrichment activities and is supported by a local coordinator in their community.

American Councils is looking for families willing to host who are able to provide students with a safe, nurturing and English-speaking environment, a place to sleep (sharing a room is okay), meals and snacks as you would normally provide a member of your family and a quiet place to study. All types of families are welcomed including those with teenagers or younger children in the home, retirees, “empty nesters”, young couples and single parent families.

Host families have expressed how rewarding it has been for their children, extended family and communities to learn about another part of the world, particularly countries that we don’t know much about like the former Soviet Union, Serbia and Montenegro, and Afghanistan.

For more information, to share information with others, or to view student profiles, please visit or contact American Councils’ placement office at 202-833-7522 or

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The Stanford US-Russia Forum (six-month exchange program), Deadline: June 15

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Homestay Hosts needed in Chicago (June 19-27), Open World Program-Russia

*Open World Program-Russia: Homestay Hosts Needed!*

OWLP hosting

Description: Exchange program that introduces emerging leaders from the countries of the  Former Soviet Union to American-style democracy via professional meetings, volunteer opportunities, social outings and homestay host experiences.  This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress.

* *Russia: June 19-27, 2010*

We ask the homestay hosts to provide:
-a separate bedroom for 1-2 delegates and access to a private or shared bathroom;
-breakfast daily and some dinners; and
-quality time spent with guests to share experiences/insights about daily life and culture in Chicago

A small stipend will be made available to homestay hosts.
If interested, please contact Donna Sadlicki at (312) 254-1800 x104 or

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Young Turkey/Young America Exchange Program for Future Leaders, Deadline: February 7

World Learning (WL) in partnership with the Foreign Policy Platform (FPP)-Turkey will implement in 2010 the Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age, Political Challenges for Future Leaders program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State ( The overall program goal is to support and promote the participation of young Turkish and American leaders in a transatlantic dialogue on foreign policy issues. Through the program, 14 young emerging leaders from Turkey and 14 young emerging leaders from the U.S. will gain knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know each other’s country, as well as learn about each group members’ ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse background.  Each participant from Turkey will be paired, for the entire program, with an American in the program.  The pair will be in home stays in their partner’s respective home and  arrange job shadowing and a volunteer project  in each other’s country.   A joint project created and carried out by the pair throughout 2010 will be included.

The program is comprised of a trip by the group from Turkey to the US in May 2010 followed by a trip by the Americans to Turkey in November of this year.

For the first segment, fourteen grantees from Turkey will travel to the United States for a three week long experiential program that includes interactive seminars, mini-internships and visits with think tanks and U.S. government offices.  The US portion of the program is divided into four components:

  • The program will start in Washington DC.  Both the US and the grantees from Turkey will participate in a joint week-long program focused on foreign policy
  • After the DC based segment, each Turkish grantee will travel to and stay with his/her American peer.  The American participant will arrange a program in his hometown for his counterpart to include job shadowing and a volunteer activity.
  • The Turkish group will reconvene in Cleveland, Ohio to look at multiculturalism and local politics.
  • The program for the participants from Turkey will end in Washington, DC during which the bi-national teams will participate in an action-planning meeting with the U.S. counterpart connected by skype .

Over the summer following the Turkish visit to the US, each pair of Turkish and American participants will continue to work on their joint project.  The two groups will meet again, in November 2010, in Ankara for a two-week program which will include:

  • The group of Americans and grantees from Turkey will participate in a series of meetings with government and nongovernmental officials with the focus on foreign policy.
  • During the next program segment each American grantee will travel to and stay with his/her counterpart for a few days.  Similar to the segment in the US, the  host team member will arrange a program for his/her American guest  to include job shadowing, a volunteer activity and opportunities to get to know the local community.
  • The program will end in Istanbul with training workshops and action planning.

Accommodation in Turkey will include double-occupancy hotel and youth centers as well as home-stays with Turkish families and peers. A small stipend will be provided during the participants’ time in Turkey to cover basic incidental expenses. The cost of international and domestic travel, program -related ground transportation, and all the other programmatic and logistical arrangements will be covered by the project.

The American program participants will be selected from emerging leaders, age 21-35, involved/interested in international affairs from governmental and non-governmental organizations, NGOs with youth development focus, universities, active politicians, journalists, businesspeople, think tanks, and/or cultural figures. Diversity is particularly crucial for this program.  To select the best candidates, we will review applications based on clearly defined criteria, including:

  • Proven commitment to democracy, pluralism, nonviolence, and a free society
  • Openness to dialogue and new ideas
  • Good potential to play an increasingly important role in the U.S. society;
  • Interest in participating in the program and sharing the experience with colleagues and the public.

U.S. participants need to commit to join their Turkish counterparts during the Washington, DC program; host them in their homes for a few days; participate in the action-planning skype meeting at the end of the U.S. –based segment; take part in the Turkey based program, and work on a joint project.

Preference would be given to applicants who have a strong interest in Turkey and/or the region and have not previously visited the country.

Application Deadline: February 7
For more information, including how to get an application form, please contact Vlad Spencer at

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Tahoe-Baikal Institute, Summer Environmental Exchange, Deadline: February 5

From Jon Green, Programs Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute:

The Tahoe-Baikal Institute is pleased to announce that we are currently
accepting applications for the 20th annual Summer Environmental Exchange at
Lake Tahoe in California and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. The deadline to
apply for this unique opportunity for the summer of 2010 is Friday, February

Founded as the cold war drew to a close, the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s unique
exchange program has grown and matured significantly over the past 20 years.
Originally a program focused on fostering collegial partnerships between
young scientists from Russia and the US, our program is now an international
leader in teaching interdisciplinary approaches to watershed management and
environmental conservation.

In addition to young environmental professionals form the US and Russia, our
program is also open to young leaders from other countries; over the years
we have had participants form Mongolia, China, Cameroon, Israel, Norway,
Finland, Latvia, Canada, and more! The program is open to upper level
college students, recent graduates, and graduate students, as well as young
professionals working in the environmental field.

This one-of-a-kind international exchange program is being offered from June
through August, 2010
. Our 10-week interdisciplinary program exposes TBI
participants to the intersection of watershed science, policy, education,
restoration, and management, and explores issues of sustainable economic
development, technology transfer, and cultural understanding in two of the
world’s premier freshwater ecosystems, Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada
and at Lake Baikal in Siberian Russia.

Please visit the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s website for more details and to
download program application materials: Applications
should be sent by email to

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