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Host a Russian Student This Summer

April 18, 2019

The International Programs Office (IPO) is pleased to announce an opportunity to host a Russian student July 28 to Aug. 18 as a part of the Year of Exchange for Russians Program (YEAR). This program is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, and administered by American Councils for International Education in partnership with the University of Idaho. Host families will be compensated $300 to host the student. The purpose of the homestay is to build strong cross-cultural relations with members of the community. After completion of the homestay, students move into dormitories for the start of the academic year but maintain close contact with their family through the remainder of the year.

By hosting a YEAR fellow, you will gain an understanding of Russia's culture, history and current society that goes far beyond anything to be found in the headlines and sound bites of today's media. YEAR fellows are eager to learn about American society while sharing their customs, culture and beliefs with their new American families. Host families play a decisive role in shaping a young person's perception of the world at large by demonstrating that kindness, generosity and basic decency extend across borders, oceans and languages. The only requirements are that host families provide a caring environment, daily meals and a comfortable bed — and most importantly support, conversation and guidance as the students adapt to America.

If you are interested in this hosting a YEAR fellow, contact Bob Neuenschwander ( We request that families who are interested in this hosting opportunity, respond by May 11. Thank you for your interest and support of international programs at U of I.

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