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Eurasia (Countries of the former Soviet Union)
Inviting an exchange student into your home provides the foundation for developing relationships around the world that can last a lifetime. Through the experience, you may learn about other counties and their culture as you share your life and culture.
The Future Leaders Exchange program (FLEX) provides approximately 1,000 scholarships for high school students from Eurasia to come to the United States as young ambassadors. There is a rigorous, merit based testing process to choose the delegates from over 47,000 applicants. The program is funded by the US Congress through the State/Foreign Operations bill and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people from other countries. It also teaches the delegates about our government and civic engagement. All delegates attend public high school and are engaged in the community during their stay.
The delegates are here for approximately 10 months for the school year. They may live with one family for the whole school year or two families in the same school district for half the year with each family. There does not have to be a host sibling of similar age for the FLEX program.
Through our partnership with States’ 4-H, we have a multi-layered support network to answer questions and provide assistance whenever it is needed. This network provides support locally, at the state level, and the national level which has contact with the Department of State for questions or issues. So we can provide quick, quality support. The students come well prepared due to the comprehensive screening process and the extensive overseas preparation. They come prepared to engage in the community and share information about their county and culture.
The volunteers and staff in Oregon 4-H are here to answer your questions, guide you in completing the application process, and assist you throughout the year while hosting a FLEX delegate.
FLEX students for the 2016-2017 school year will be recruited from among the following Eurasian countries:
For more information, please contact either your County 4-H Office or the State 4-H International Programs Office at 541-737-1303