For the last couple months we have been working with American Councils to have an exchange student come stay with us for a year. After many roadblocks with the local school district and private schools, we finally were able to receive a slot with Eugene 4J School District. Our exchange student is going to come from Armenia and her name is Hranush. She is going to be entering the 9th grade this year and will attend the high school across the street from us.
While serving in Armenia, we were part of the testing process that allowed students an opportunity to study in America. Though our students didn’t make the cut this year, we are excited that we were able to host an Armenian. The program is the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. The program is funded through the Department of State and allows for students in the former Soviet bloc to study in America for 1 school year. The testing process is rigorous and involves a grammar test, two essay tests, and a former interview. Everything is in English. Of the hundreds or thousands who test in Armenia, only 50 make the cut.
Hranush will arrive next week and stay with us until June. We look forward to telling you more about her as time goes on. Take care everyone!