The need for world peace is an issue on which almost everyone agrees, but we rarely get to feel like we are really contributing to peace-building efforts. Hosting a pair of teens from Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP) is an opportunity to participate in creating peace at the level of everyday life while simultaneously widening your international horizons.
This residential component of CFP’s year-long program is essential to achieving lasting friendships. CFP teens return to Cyprus as living proof that they can get along in everyday life.
While here, the Cypriot teens are not tourists. They will participate in your normal summer schedule. Each U.S. Area Coordinator will arrange for some programmatic activities, roughly one per week, which as a host you are not required to attend. There will also be social activities in which you are welcome (but not required) to join. These social gatherings have been a fantastic way for people here in the US to meet others who share their interests in peace-building.
To say the least, hosting is an eye-opening, enriching experience. And it truly couldn’t be easier. As a host, you need to fit the following criteria:
- a safe, neutral home for the teens to build a friendship;
- a bedroom for the pair to share alone; and
- daylong adult supervision.
Host families cover the teens’ living costs during their U.S. stay. Tax-deductible donations to CFP cover the international travel and program activity costs. CFP is an all-volunteer movement in Cyprus and in the U.S. CFP pays no salaries, rent or capital costs. Each Cypriot teenager and their family contribute about one third of the total cost.
If you can meet these criteria, you have the opportunity to directly and personally promote peace between wonderful, yet deeply divided, people in an area of the world steeped in conflict. We need hosts for 5-10 pairs in each of the following area. Please contact the area coordinator if you have an interest or questions.