Spring International Seeks Hospitality Families for Iraqi Students

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This month Spring International Language Center will welcome 24 post-graduate students from Iraq. These students have received a scholarship through the Iraqi government to come to Fayetteville to learn about leadership and American culture. Each student has decided to be a part of this program because they desire to better the society of their country. They are all very educated and poised to be catalysts of change for Iraq's future.

As part of their American experience, the students will have the opportunity to spend some time with locals from the community. SILC is looking for local native speakers of English to host them in their homes for two nights — from July 30 to Aug. 1.

Hosts will pick up their students on the afternoon of July 30. Hosts would also need to drop off their students at the university campus at 8 a.m. July 31. They will have classes until around 11 a.m. that day. On Aug. 1, the students will fly to Washington, D.C., so hosts must drop them off at the airport that morning. The flight will leave at 7 a.m., which means that students would need to be at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport by 5 a.m. If this drop-off time is too difficult, staff will work with the host to come up with an alternative plan.

Additionally, hosts are asked to have their students over for dinner sometime before the July 30. This will give students and hosts a chance to get to know each other before the longer stay. SILC has designated July 21 as the night for hosts to have the preliminary dinner with their students, however if this does not work with the host's schedule, another time can be arranged.

This is a special opportunity to get to know promising individuals who will shape the future of their nation. For more information or to sign up, please call 479-575-7600 or e-mail bypeevy@uark.edu.

Contacts

Bethany Peevy, student services coordinator
Spring International Language Center
479-575-7600, bypeevy@uark.edu

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