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Hosting a Player During One World 2011 Can Create Memories, and Teach Lessons, to Last a Lifetime

Thank you to all of the families who have already shown such great interest and enthusiasm in the Host Family Program for the upcoming Youth Soccer Camp as part of One World 2011 (more details can be found here).

Acting as a host is great way to expand your families' understanding of other cultures. It also gives them the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural communication.

My own experience living with host families comes from my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Asia. I found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my Peace Corps service, and found that more often than not, our commonalities with other cultures far exceed our differences.

Time spent learning and sharing with them also gave me great insight into our own American culture. It taught me about the generosity of another culture and their willingness to accept my differences and to welcome me into their family. In the short time I lived with my host family during my training in Peace Corps, we forged a bond that lasts to this day.

If you haven't already had the chance; we encourage you to look through the information packet and application found on the Washington Youth Soccer website. The opportunity to share our culture and the diversity that represents America with others from around the world is a rare opportunity. We also invite you to share this opportunity with your friends.

One World 2011 continues to expand its partnership base with organizations around the world to bring youth to the U.S. for the Sports Camp and for the Youth Leadership Program. We have added Morocco to the list of nations who will send participants to the youth events in 2011 and look forward to working with them as they show their great support for our programming.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continue to show support of the One World 2011 mission and vision through its generous giving for our programs. Updates can also be found on our website at

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