Youth Homestay Program

Upcoming Youth Leadership Programs Seeking Seattle Area Host Families

  • Iraq Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
    • July 10-24, 2014 (2 weeks)
    • High School Students from Iraq
  • Jóvenes en Acción Mexico Youth Leadership Program
    • July 21-August 2, 2014 (2 weeks)
    • High School Students from Mexico
  • Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
    • July 24-30, 2014 (1 week)
    • University Students from Middle East and North Africa
  • China Youth Leadership Program
    • August 12-23, 2014 (12 days)
    • High School Students from China


Click here for a link to the Homestay Host Application



What is the Homestay Program and who are its participants?

  • Every year, the World Affairs Council hosts youth exchanges from diverse locations around the world for several weeks of educational, cultural and leadership programming
  • Participants are exemplary young leaders in their home countries, are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and speak excellent English
  • These students visit Seattle to explore different themes in connection to their respective countries and relations with the United States

Interested? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Participant must have their own bed in a private room, but can share a bedroom with another student of the same gender
  • Participants are provided bus passes and can take public transportation to and from the meeting location in downtown Seattle
  • Families of all types throughout the greater Seattle area can host 1 or 2 participants
  • Participants take part in a program organized by the World Affairs Council and have evenings and weekends free
  • The goal is to provide a safe, rewarding, and organized program that meets the needs of the youth participants, host families, and program administrators

Questions?  Contact Rachel: or (206) 441-5910, ext 319.


Recent Youth Programs:

Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program

This January, the World Affairs Council hosted a delegation of 9 high school students from Brazil for two weeks, as part of the annual Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program. The program is an initiative of social responsibility of the U.S. Embassy in Brazil in partnership with both public and private organizations in both countries. Created in 2002, this program targets Brazilian students who are shining examples of leadership, positive attitudes, social consciousness, and academic excellence in their communities with the goal of strengthening public education through the Youth Ambassadors.


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