Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

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Lake Lemon
The Office of International Development (OID) would like to invite you to take part in a unique opportunity to engage with young emerging leaders from around the world participating in On-Demand Youth Leadership Programs (YLPs) sponsored by the US Department of State. YLP participants spend four weeks in the United States learning about community service, civic leadership and American culture. OID is seeking households who would like to host them for their two-week stay in Bloomington. This is an excellent cross-cultural experience, providing lasting friendships for everyone involved. There are two YLP groups being hosted by Indiana University this summer:
Smiling Family

  • The Baltics (Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia)
    July 20 – August 4
  • Southern Europe (Spain, Italy & Slovenia)
    August 13 – 25.

Participants primarily range in age from 15-18 years old with 3 adult chaperones accompanying each group.Host Family They will arrive with intermediate to advanced English speaking and comprehension skills and will be able to reasonably communicate with their host family household. During weekdays, participants spend the day – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – engaged in program activities. Host families are responsible for providing transportation to campus before 9:00 am and picking guests up after 5:00 pm. Lunch is provided by the OID on weekdays and host families are asked to provide all other meals. It’s understood that households often have other commitments and that complications in schedules arise. OID will arrange accommodations to support our host families, such as alternate transportation and/or supplemental housing, as needed.
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Anyone who is interested in this rich cross-cultural experience is encouraged to apply. After applications are submitted, a background check and a home visit (to be scheduled at a convenient time for the applicant) are required. A brief orientation session will take place 1-2 weeks in advance of each group’s arrival. Please join us in showing our guests a diverse and genuine slice of American life!
Science ClassFor more information, please contact
Heather Duemling at

Click here to fill out the 2018 On-Demand YLP Host Family Application online.
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