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Youth Entrepreneurship Program with Latvia and Lithuania

Description of Homestay Experience of hosting for YEP with Latvia and Lithuania

Do you have an interest in Latvia and Lithuania? Do you want to show a student what it's like to live in Seattle and offer a student the warmth and welcome of a local home for a few days?

If you are a new host, apply here to get involved. If you are a returning host interested in hosting for this program, please contact Samantha Novak at

We invite you to host a high school student from Latvia or Lithuanie during this summer's Youth Entrepreneurship Program. The YEP two-night homestay will take place from Friday evening, August 25th through Sunday evening, August 27th.

Hosts offer 2-night homestays for high school students visiting Seattle for an intensive week-long program that is the culmination of a year-long entrepreneurship curriculum that the students have been studying in their home countries. Since the students will be staying on the UW campus during the other days of the program, the homestay is an important way for them to engage with local life and culture.

Apply to host a YEP student by filling out the FIUTS host application, and read on for more information. If you are already a FIUTS host, you do not need to fill out an application again - just list on your host availability survey or contact Samantha to sign up to host.

Hosting Dates

Hosts will pick up their students on the University of Washington campus early evening of Friday, August 25th. On Saturday morning the students will be doing a service project at Food Lifeline, which hosts are invited to. On Sunday evening, hosts and students are invited to commemorate the end of the homestay weekend with a celebration BBQ. If you are not available to pick up or drop off students, we can make alternative transportation arrangements if necessary.

About the Participants

High school students, both male and female, and speak at least conversational English. Students are from Latvia or Lithuania. There will also be accompanying adult mentors.

Hosting Requirements

Students should sleep in a separate bedroom that has a door for privacy. Hosts provide meals for their students when they are together.

Number of Students Per Household

Hosts are welcome (and encouraged) to host two students as opposed to one. If you'd like to host two students and need an extra sleeping space, FIUTS is able to loan hosts an air bed for the weekend. Students hosted together who share a room will be of the same gender.

Participant Schedule

The homestay weekend is an opportunity for students to visit a local family and see how they spend their time and how they live. We expect that you spend time with the students and get to know each other. However, this is not a tourism weekend, so hosts do not need to plan a big itinerary! Simple activities such as taking a walk around the neighborhood, baking cookies, going to the park or the grocery, and visiting family are all great ways for students to participate in daily life in Seattle! If you are interested in taking your student sightseeing, FIUTS can provide information on what activities the students will already do in the program so that hosts won't have to repeat anything.

Host Events and Activities

Hosts will be invited to the annual Community Barbecue and Host Appreciation Night in September, as well as other Community Events throughout the year.

Questions? Contact Manager of Community Programs Samantha Novak at or (206) 616-7025.

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