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Twelve teenagers from Iraq arrive in Helena Saturday, July 9 to learn about leadership with an environmental focus. The program is coordinated by WorldMontana and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning.
The youths, ages 15 to 18, will stay with families in Helena and work on volunteer projects with Community Gardens, Helena Food Share, and Prickly Pear Land Trust.  The teens also will visit Yellowstone Park to learn about climate change, endangered species and to view the national features and to see bison, elk and bears.
They will work together on a presentation of their experiences in Montana and present the program at the Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, July 20. They will offer a presentation on life in Iraqi and experiences here in Montana at the Plymouth Congregational Church at 7 p.m. July 22.
The teens will depart on July 23.  For more information about their schedule while in Montana click here or contact Executive Director Ellen M. Bush at 447-4444 or by e-mail at
WorldMontana looks forward to making connections with the Iraqi student delegates!

Student Summer Program Flyer 2016Host Community Flyer 2016

Would you like a unique, rewarding experience where you can learn about other cultures and share your culture with international students? Volunteer as a host family this summer.  

We are looking for volunteers to host our visiting students for 14 days.  Students will be kept engaged throughout the day learning about leadership at Carroll College and throughout the Helena Community, so host families will largely be responsible for providing a bed, some meals, and a welcoming environment.  The students have all been carefully selected, are fluent in English, and are between the ages of 15 and 17.  There will be 12 students visiting from both Iraq and Mexico, 6 girls and 6 boys.  Hosting an international student provided a unique opportunity for the host family to learn about a different culture and to make a lifelong friend with a different set of experiences and a different worldview.  Many families and their students form close bonds and can say that their family grew by one member after the summer!  To hear about their experience from some of our Summer 2015 Iraqi Exchange Students watch this Video on our YouTube channel.

  • Iraq: July 9-23
  • Mexico: July 18-30

Sample Day Agenda in Host Community:

  • Morning: Breakfast with host family, drop off at Carroll at 8-8:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon: Youth occupied until late afternoon.  Lunch provided.
  • Evening: Pick up at gathering point 5-5:30 p.m. Dinner and evening with family.

For more information or to volunteer please contact us: or (406) 447-4444

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