Events

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program 2018

August 5 – 19, 2018


Theme: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Language: All students speak English

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) brings English-speaking Iraqi secondary school students to the U.S. for a four-week summer exchange to explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement. The will be Louisville’s ELEVENTH cohort since the program’s inception in 2007!

Participants on this U.S. Department of State-funded program are between the ages of 15 and 17 and are recruited from all provinces in Iraq. Iraqi adult mentors who accompany the students are educators and/or community leaders who work with youth and have demonstrated an interest in promoting youth leadership and social development. Competitively-selected American students also join Iraqi participants in all U.S. activities.

The program continues after the U.S.-based exchange with follow-on activities in the participants’ home communities, including alumni activities focused on leadership development.

Host families needed!

Read what one of our host families had to say!

“As a three time host parent of students in this program I highly recommend this experience. Getting to know these children and follow them in their endeavors to better their communities back home is so rewarding. Our family has maintained contact with all of our children. They never cease to amaze. I am proud to be a part of fostering these relationships. I feel it is an important step for this and future generations.” – Kelly

 

Worried about transportation and logistics? World Affairs Council helps with that!

 

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

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area (students may share rooms but need separate beds)
  • Include the guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city with them!

 

Contact Visitor Program Manager, Laura Duncan, for more information! [email protected]org or (502) 561-5422 x2


Mexico | Jóvenes en Acción (Youth In Action) 2018

July 17 – 29, 2018 (Tentative)


Theme: TBD

Language: All students speak English

Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), is a four-week summer exchange program in the U.S. focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development for Mexican high school students. Students begin their program in Vermont, then are split into different community cities such as Louisville, then reunited in Washington, D.C. before heading back home! Students work on projects to be implemented in their home communities in Mexico and use the lessons, experiences, and tools learned while in Louisville to help them develop their action plans!

Jóvenes en Acción is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and implemented in partnership with World Learning.

Host families needed!

Read what one of our host families had to say!

“As a three time host parent of students in this program I highly recommend this experience. Getting to know these children and follow them in their endeavors to better their communities back home is so rewarding. Our family has maintained contact with all of our children. They never cease to amaze. I am proud to be a part of fostering these relationships. I feel it is an important step for this and future generations.” – Kelly

 

Worried about transportation and logistics? World Affairs Council helps with that!

 

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

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area (students may share rooms but need separate beds)
  • Include the guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city with them!

 

 

Contact Visitor Program Manager, Laura Duncan, for more information! [email protected] or (502) 561-5422 x2


Belarus | Community Connections – Women’s Leadership

May 30 – June 20, 2018


Community Connections Belarus

Theme: Women’s Leadership

Language: Belarusian, Russian, and/or varying levels of English

Number of Participants: 10

Ten women leaders in the fields of law, journalism, and non-profit work will be in Louisville for three weeks. This project connects professionals from Belarus with their Kentucky/Southern Indiana counterparts through a carefully tailored professional exchange. Participants will establish professional connections, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of a democratic, free-market economy, and examine best practices/experiences that may be adopted back home to address their local challenges. Funded by USAID, Community Connections is being nationally managed by our partner, World Learning, and locally implemented by World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana.

WAC is currently in need of host families for this “Women’s Leadership” program from Belarus. Hosting is an unbeatable way to learn more about the world and make lasting friendships; an experience you can’t get any other way.

Read what one of our host families had to say!

“I have been hosting international guests through World Affairs Council for several years. Each experience has been special. The guests (teachers, students, musicians, health care professionals, etc.) are incredibly appreciative for the opportunity to live with and learn from an American family. I enjoy the opportunity to share a bit about our American culture and lifestyle; and, dispel a few stereotypes – we don’t all look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie; we don’t all live in a mansion with a swimming pool! The guests visit to the US can be life changing and I am grateful to be a part of it.” – Patrick

 

Worried about transportation and logistics? World Affairs Council helps with that!

 

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

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area (students may share rooms but need separate beds)
  • Include the guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city with them!

 

Contact Visitor Program Manager, Laura Duncan, for more information! [email protected] or (502) 561-5422 x2