A Unique Opportunity for Cultural Exchange

Every year the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts a number of young international students through several exchange programs. Not only do these exchanges give adolescents and young adults the ability to broaden their education and experiences as global citizens, it also gives the local families who host them an inimitable experience in cultural exchange.

All of our host families also receive complementary six-month World Traveler memberships to the World Affairs Council.

This summer we have two exchange programs, each of which lasts two weeks, that we need hosts for.

Jóvenes en Acción

July 18th–30th
13 Mexican students ages 15–17

Jóvenes en Acción is a summer exchange program that pairs high school students from Mexico with homestays throughout the United States. The program is focused on civic education and community service, and it seeks to promote understand between the US and Meixco and to prepare students to become leaders in citizen activism upon their return home.

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Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

August 13th–27th
13 Iraqi students, ages 15–17

IYLEP is an exchange programs that brings secondary school students from all provinces of Iraq. While in the US, the students live with homestays and participate in activities intended to promote understanding between the people of the US and Iraq, of civic participation and responsibilities in a democracy, and of the relationships between people of difference ethnic and religious groups.

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For both these programs, the World Affairs Council Provides:

  • Professional and cultural programming
  • All necessary transportation to and from meetings
  • All in-home orientation for hosts
  • Orientation and cultural programming for visitors

All students speak English.

For more information contact Laura Duncan at (502) 561-5422 or [email protected]

Host Family/Volunteer Forms:

Homestay for Japanese Fellow Neeeded

The World Affairs Council is now looking for potential host families to house an exchange fellow from Japan who will be working with us starting in the Fall. The exchange is facilitated by the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI), which pairs young professionals from Japan with American non-profit organizations who can make use of their skills. Ms. Ayako Nakajima will be working with us specifically in the area of educational programming, and hosting her would be a unique opportunity for a family to learn about Japanese culture while educating her about culture in America.

For more information about the program and host requirements, please contact Xiao Yin Zhao at [email protected]