Help host a Mexican student for 12 days in July

From: Nina B.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 5:21 PM

Hola Spanish Fanáticos:


I speak very little Spanish so I will proceed in English. I look forward to meeting some of you this upcoming Saturday at the Gunpowder  Falls Trail. However, I did not want to wait until Saturday to make you aware of an opportunity that quite a few of you might be able to embrace. I am in charge of the professional exchanges program at the World Trade Center Institute in downtown Baltimore. Among other things we administer a program sponsored by the US State Department and the Mexican Secretariat of Education that will bring 18 high students from Mexico to Baltimore from July 20 until August 1st. The student will come to learn about youth empowerment best practices which includes school dropout prevention, violence and bulling reduction, substance abuse and teen pregnancy curbing. The program aims at introducing the Mexican youth to local organizations and programs that engage youth in productive activities. Based on the information learned, the Mexican students will implement projects in their own schools in Mexico to work with their peers and help set examples for younger students. Another program benefit is student exposure to American lifestyle and culture through living with a home stay family. 


WTCI is looking for home stay families to welcome the youth for the 12 days they will be in Maryland.  To be a home stay family you need a spare bedroom and the opportunity to spend some time with your guest. The youth will be out of the house during the day but must have breakfast before they leave in the morning and dinner in the evening. WTCI arranges for transportation so the family is not expected to drive.  All youth speak English (but you can practice your Spanish too) and are highly motivated. Many of them already volunteer for other organizations or have started their own initiatives. All hosts from the previous two summers had very positive experiences and find the program to be very rewarding. Families of all sizes, cultural and religious background are encouraged to apply! Also, you can be located all around the Greater Baltimore area and not just the city.  For more information about this and other future hosting opportunities, contact me at [address removed], T:[masked] x 103.


If interested to see what our Mexican students are up to during the day check out this video that the students made themselves about their Baltimore experience:


Hasta luego!


Nina Bankova

Director, Professional Exchanges and Strategic Planning

World Trade Center Institute

401 E. Pratt St., Suite 232

Baltimore, MD 21202

T:[masked] x 103


Home Stay Families Needed to host foreign professionals and youth. Upcoming: Tajik investigative journalists in May; Pakistani TESOL teachers in June; Mexican high school students in July; Belarusian trade unions specialists in August. Interested? Contact [address removed]


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