I am a firm believe in exchanges and hosting those from other cultures, especially since I've benefited from such programs
in the past and know what a great benefit it is for everyone involved.
The local International Center of the Capital Region is looking for host families. Here are a few more details, from a press release:
The International Center of the Capital Region (ICCR) is Seeking Local Host Families for FLEX Students
Created in 1992 by the US Department of State, the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) is a scholarship exchange program for high school students (ages 15-17) from Eurasia. The program’s goal is to provide an opportunity for the students to spend an academic year in the United States, living with a host family and attending an American high school, while engaging in activities to learn about American society and values to experience life in a democratic society. The program places special emphasis on leadership skills and seeks ways for participants to develop these skills during the school year. As former Senator Bill Bradley stated, "the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and Eurasia is to enable young people to learn about democracy firsthand through experiencing it". The International Center is hoping to place three students within the Capital Region this coming academic year. If you would possibly consider hosting a student for part of or for the full school year, we would like to hear from you. For further information, please call ICCR at (518) 708-7608.