Algeria Youth Leadership Program

Home Hosts Needed!

Bring the World to your Home!!
Host an Algerian High Schooler for 12 days August 8-20, 2017

Short-term hosting might be the opportunity you were looking for to discover the world-without even packing or leaving your home! The NNIC is currently seeking families or individuals to help welcome a group of 25 Algerian high school students and 3 Algerian adult educators to our community by opening their home for the 12 days that they are visiting Reno. 

The group is coming to Reno August 8 to August 20, 2017 as part of a leadership and civic engagement program sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The youth will be taking part in leadership and civic engagement seminars every weekday for the duration of their stay.  Program participants are 15-17 of age and all speak English.  Families and individuals can chose to host up to two students at a time. All you need is a spare bed (students can share a bedroom with another student or with a sibling of the same gender as long as they have a separate bed), to provide some meals (we will provide lunches and some dinners on program days, as well as providing families with a small supply of food for students with certain dietary needs) and most importantly, an open heart. We will provide a central and convenient morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up time and location on the UNR campus and from there, we provide transportation to all activities. Activities typically take place from 8:30-5:30 daily, though staff can be present outside of these hours to accommodate a host family's schedule.  

Though participants are in high school, hosting individuals or families do not have to have school-aged children. We've had many wonderful host families over the near-decade that we've run this program that don't fit that profile, so don't hesitate to seize this opportunity or to forward this information on to any wonderful person or family you think may be interested in hosting!  

Please help us provide caring families for these international visitors while gaining an impactful, worldly experience! 

Anyone hosting a visitor will receive a cultural briefing, including hosting tips as well as background on the visitors and Algeria.  We will ask anyone 18 years or older living in a host home to consent to a background check prior to hosting by signing the Background Check Consent Form (link below) and we will conduct a home visit to ensure a safe environment for all program participants. Please find the electronic link to the application below. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Stacy Kinion at 775.784.7515 ext. 226 or for additional information on the program, hosting, or the Youth Programs Home Host Application or the visiting students and educators. 

Home Host Background Check:

Please complete the Background Check Consent Form prior to the starting the electronic application, as it will ask you to attach this form to the electronic application. You may also email the completed form to or mail it to our offices at 821 N. Center St. Reno, NV 89501.  

Download the form here.

Youth Programs Home Host Application:   Please note that, once you have begun filling out the application, you will not be allowed to save the information.  Please avoid navigating away from the application page until you have submitted the application.  

History on the Algerian Youth Leadership Program

For 9 consecutive years, NNIC has hosted 28 Algerian secondary school students and educators as part of the Algeria Youth Leadership Program (AYLP). The four-week U.S-based cultural exchange program, which this year will take place in Washington, D.C. and Reno, Nevada from August 7-31, 2017,  focuses on the primary themes of civic education, youth leadership development, respect for diversity, and community engagement.  Participants will engage in a variety of activities, such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes, interactive training and discussion groups, small group work, presentations, local cultural activities, and homestays with American families, among other activities. The program will be intensive, academic, and highly interactive to the end that participants develop their skills in order to be effective leaders in their schools and communities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Northern Nevada International Center. The students will be immersed in the culture of Reno while they work with journalism students attending the University of Nevada, local consultants and community businesses and organizations. As a follow-on activity, Algerian participants will be tasked with creating a service project for their home community as a way to reinforce their learning. Additionally, the NNIC will plan several activities for the participants to learn about the culture and history of Nevada and the United States. 

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with its private partners, will pay for ground transportation to and from Algiers, international transportation to and from the United States, orientations and workshops, program fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and most meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, and accident and sickness insurance coverage. Participants will stay with volunteer host families.