ITD, once again will host the program “Study of the U.S. Institutes for Western Hemisphere Student Leaders” from January 13 – Feb 16, 2019, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. An important component of the ITD Winter institute is spending a weekend with a local family. The homestay weekend is scheduled for January 18-20. Students enjoy immensely their interaction with local families. They particularly enjoy sharing their culture with American families and discussing the differences and similarities between the two. Meeting their homestay family is usually one of the highlights of their time here in the US. This winter’s group will be comprised of students from Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. They all speak English and are highly motivated individuals who have gone through a competitive application process to be selected to be a part of this Winter Institute. The student fields of study include Business Administration, International Relations, Economics, Education, Law, Communication Studies, Accounting, and Social Work. Many are very active in extra-curricular activities and love practicing their English skills. What is expected from a homestay family? To share the weekend with their guest – meals, outings, hiking, cooking, conversation to name a few ideas. There are no planned program activities so the student is immersed with the family to share their weekend routine. If you are interested in hosting one or two student leaders for an overnight or would like more information on ITD, please call Kaye Sherwood at 413.256.1925 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an excellent opportunity to experience a cross-cultural exchange with great student leaders from Latin America.