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Seeking Host Families


The IU Office of International Development (OID) would like to invite you to take part in a unique opportunity to engage with young emerging leaders from around the world participating in On-Demand Youth Leadership Programs (YLPs) sponsored by the US Department of State. YLP participants spend four weeks in the United States learning about community service, civic leadership and American culture.  OID is seeking households who would like to host them for their two-week stay in Bloomington.  This is an excellent cross-cultural experience, providing lasting friendships for everyone involved.  There are two YLP groups being hosted by Indiana University this summer: 


·         The Baltics (Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia):  July 20 – August 4

·         Southern Europe (Spain, Italy & Slovenia):  August 14 – 25.


Participants primarily range in age from 15-18 years old with 3 adult chaperones accompanying each group. They will arrive with intermediate to advanced English speaking and comprehension skills and will be able to reasonably communicate with their host family household.  During weekdays, participants spend the day – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – engaged in program activities.  Host families are responsible for providing transportation to campus before 9:00 am and picking guests up after 5:00 pm.  Lunch is provided by the OID on weekdays and host families are asked to provide all other meals.  It’s understood that households often have other commitments and that complications in schedules arise.  OID will arrange accommodations to support our host families, such as alternate transportation and/or supplemental housing, as needed.


Singles, retirees and families all make excellent hosts.  Anyone who is interested in this rich cross-cultural experience is encouraged to apply.  After applications are submitted, a background check and a home visit (to be scheduled at a convenient time for the applicant) are required.  A brief orientation session will take place 1-2 weeks in advance of each group’s arrival.  Please join us in showing our guests a diverse and genuine slice of American life! 


For more information and to apply online, please go to OID.IU.EDU.


For more information, please contact Heather Duemling at or 812-855-9552.



WonderLab Museum

Wonders of Nature

Every Saturday 2PM-2:45 PM

Program Description: Have you ever wondered why dirt comes in different colors? What about why the sky is blue? If so, come and explore high and low at WonderLab’s newest program: Wonders of Nature! Based in the WonderGarden, we will learn how how everything in nature is connected. We will fly like the red-tail hawk, tunnel through dirt like the earthworms, and our knowledge of the outdoors will grow like the seeds we plant! Learning will take place in the form of hands-on exploration, active games, and creative, natural, crafts. Held in the WonderGarden (Rain or shine! Tent will be set up if raining. Cancellation dependent upon storms) Ticketed but FREE with museum admission.


STEM Sunday

Every Sunday 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Program Description: STEM Sunday is a free, drop-in, challenge-based experience that encourages families to engage in the engineering and design process. Emphasis is on this process rather than the product. Projects are not “take-home”, but may include a take-home element. A simple goal/design challenge is introduced to guide the process and encourage engagement. Projects are “easy entry” for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not generally needed and children as young as kindergarten can participate. Projects use simple, inexpensive materials, emphasizing that families can easily re-create the project at home.


Deep Diver Wednesdays

5 PM-5:30 PM

Program Description:Join marine biologist Sam Couch to dive deeper into the science of our new coral reef. These 30 minute talks will feature hands-on elements, tours of our coral reef aquarium, insight from an expert, and time for questions. Each phase of the reef will have a different talk topic. Themes vary by month. Free with museum admission.


Edgewood High School Class Reunion

Edgewood High School class of 1978 is having their 40 year class reunion at the Upland Brewing Company Banquet Hall located at 350 West 11th Street in Bloomington on Saturday July 28 from 5PM to 11PM. Cost is $30 per person which includes food and drinks. Please send payment by June 30, 2018 via Paypal: or email Lou Ann Hawkins Fortner at to arrange other payments or call. There will also be a picnic at Karst Park shelter house #9A Sunday July 29 starting at 1PM. Great White Smoke food truck will be available to purchase food from 1PM to 3PM or bring a picnic lunch. Call Bobbie Ridge Hautsch 812-630-3723 for more information.



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