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Instead of being bored over the next school holidays, what if I told you that you could instead travel to a different country, see new sights, live with a different family, learn more about other cultures, make new friends, and maybe even pave the way towards a sponsored university education after you graduate high school? Sounds too good to be true? Well pay attention, because this is the real deal!
Exchange programs for young people are available in most countries. These programs are usually very competitive, but well worth it if you manage to join one. Here are some reasons why:
The best way to find an exchange program that you can apply for is of course to google it. You could also check out local youth groups, ask a teacher, or get your parents to help you. But just to get you started, here are a few good leads to look out for:
1. Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program
Eligibility: 15 – 18 years old.
The YES Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) and provides scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to study for one academic year in the U.S. Under this program, you will live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; you will also help educate Americans about your home country and culture. You’ll serve as a kind of “youth ambassador” of your home country, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with your host families and communities. To apply for this program, check your local US Embassy website for more information.
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