All types of families are encouraged to apply to host and there is no “typical” American Councils host family. Families come in all shapes and sizes, including those with and without children at home, young couples, “empty nesters,” single adults, and single parents.
Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX)
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program promotes mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and 21 countries across Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia.
Every FLEX exchange student lives with a volunteer host family for one academic year to learn about American values, attend a US high school, and teach Americans about their home countries. Participants return home galvanized and inspired to share their new experiences and positively impact their home countries and communities.
FLEX was established in 1992 as the centerpiece of the Eurasian Secondary School Initiative under the FREEDOM Support Act. Former US Senator Bill Bradley asserted that the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the US and Eurasian countries is to enable young people to learn about the United States and Americans firsthand.
Since 1993, FLEX has provided scholarships to more than 27,000 secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus (former FLEX country), Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia (former FLEX country), Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan (former FLEX country).
FLEX served as the model for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, begun in 2003, and for the American - Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE) program, begun in 2005. Students from Serbia and Montenegro participated under the auspices of the A-SMYLE program from 2005-2015 and are now part of FLEX.
Future Leaders Exchange