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Host a Pakistani Student This Summer

July 05, 2019

The International Programs Office (IPO) has opportunities available for U of I employees to host a Pakistani student in their home for 10 days (Aug. 9-18) as a part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD). This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board in partnership with U of I. Host families will be compensated $140 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 fall semester but maintain close contact with their family.

By hosting a UGRAD fellow, U of I employees will gain an understanding of Pakistan's culture, history and society that goes far beyond anything to be found in the headlines and sound bites of today's media. UGRAD 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.

Anyone interested in hosting a UGRAD fellow may contact Bob Neuenschwander. IPO requests that families who are interested in this hosting opportunity please respond by July 22.

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