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Community College Initiative Program (CCI )

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

HISTORY: 2008 – current
PARTICIPANTS: 15-18 scholars (16 scholars in 2009-2010 academic year)
COUNTRIES/REGIONS: Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, Ghana, Turkey and others

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The CCI Program provides quality educational programs, professional development, employment skills and a first-hand understanding of American society to under-served, non-elite international students, particularly women and students in their early/mid- twenties who already have work experience.

OPPORTUNITIES: Friendship families are needed for a year.  These scholars live independently in apartments but appreciate having a friendship family that invites them to dinner at home, takes them shopping, or includes them in family events.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CDS)

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered  by CDS International

HISTORY: 1997 –current
PARTICIPANTS: 1-3 students annually (One scholar in 2009-2010 academic year)

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a scholarship program designed to give participants understanding for everyday life, education, and professional training in the United States. The program is intended primarily for young adults in business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields.

OPPORTUNITIES: A host family is needed for a year.  The scholar obtains a driver’s license and purchases a car to provide their own transportation.


Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered  by IREX

HISTORY: 2006 –current
PARTICIPANTS: 1-3 scholars annually (1 scholar in 2009-10 academic year from Moldova)
COUNTRIES/REGIONS: Countries of the former Soviet Republics

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The UGRAD Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students from former Soviet Republics for one year of full-time, non-degree study in the United States. Scholars live in dormitories or with host families where they will benefit from daily cultural exchange.

OPPORTUNITIES: 1-3 scholars are in need of either a host family to live with or a mentor family who will support a scholar living at the UWMC dorm (i.e. with shopping, home-cooked meals, family events, etc.)


Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED)

Funded by USAID and administered by Georgetown University

HISTORY: 2009 –current (formerly CASS Program from 1987 - 2010)
PARTICIPANTS: 18-20 scholars (19 scholars in 2008-2010 CASS cycle; 20 scholars in 2009-2011 SEED cycle)
COUNTRIES/REGIONS: Central America and Caribbean (Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua)

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The SEED program reaches socio-economically disadvantaged but talented people from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, to develop future leaders of these nations through a two-year technical and leadership programs in the United States.

OPPORTUNITIES: 18-20 scholars need host families for a semester or year.  Hosts near a bus line are ideal, but scholars can stay anywhere if the host is willing to provide transportation.


Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Funded by USAID and administered by Georgetown University

HISTORY: 2006 –current
PARTICIPANTS: 35 scholars
COUNTRIES/REGIONS: 17 countries from Middle East and Northern Africa

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The MEPI Study of the United States for Undergraduate Student Leaders at Georgetown University is an intensive six-week program for students from the Middle East and North Africa to develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of American society and culture

OPPORTUNITIES: July 26 – August 1, 2010
35 scholars seek a host family for one week.  The scholars are busy during the day but have evenings and the weekend to spend with the host. Participants say spending a week in Wausau with an American family is always the highlight of their experience!


Open World

The Open World Leadership Center  was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 2000

HISTORY: 2005 - current
PARTICIPANTS: 5 professionals

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The program brings young or emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders for short-term stays: “…to forge better understanding between the two nations by creating unique opportunities for developing… leaders to observe and experience American political, business, and community life firsthand.”  Delegates from Tajikistan will explore vocational and continuing education administration.

OPPORTUNITIES: September 25 – October 3, 2010
Five delegates and a facilitator seek host families for one week.




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