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Host an International High School Exchange Student Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  The U.S. Department of State invites you to make a difference by hosting an international high school exchange student in your school or home. Approximately 2,000 Department of State-sponsored exchange students from over 50 countries, all of whom have undergone a competitive, merit-based selection process, will spend an academic year or a semester in communities across the United States.  These exchange students live with American families, attend American high schools, and participate in American culture, leadership activities, and community service. Exchange students can help internationalize classrooms and bring foreign affairs to life.  We seek host families and host schools from all over the United States. Learn more or submit an interest form at hosting.state.gov and please share this announcement with others. You can also email us at youthprograms@state.gov.
New Chinese Teaching Resources.  The Asia Society announces the formation of The Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN), a new network to support Chinese language learning in the U.S.   http://asiasociety.org/files/education-celin.pdf .  The Asia Society is offering the publication "Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades" as a free downloadable handbook of resources and best practices for Chinese (Mandarin) immersion teachers.

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad and to collaborate on solving global issues. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/youth-leadership-programs website for more information.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend an academic year in countries that may help increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. Visit http://www.yes-abroad.org/ for more information. 

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Secondary school students, ages 15-18, live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies, ages 18-24, study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are available for an academic year. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.

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