Applications being accepted for student exchange program
Article by Cindy Hadish
CEDAR RAPIDS (Nov. 1, 2017) — Students from Iowa who traveled to the Czech Republic this summer during the revitalized Czech Heritage Foundation’s Homestay program will present photos and information from their trip this Saturday, Nov. 4.
The presentation will take place from 1-2 p.m. at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW. The Czech Heritage Foundation restarted its Homestay program this year under the direction of board members Holly Stepanek and Rachel Wobeter, who both participated in the program as students.
Under the program, Iowa high school students travel to the Czech Republic, attend school, visit area attractions and live with a host family to experience Czech culture for three weeks in the summer. Their Czech counterparts then do the same in Iowa. More than 100 high school students have participated in the program, funded by the Czech Heritage Foundation, since the educational program began in 1983.
This year’s Homestay program took Iowa participants to stay with families in Hradec Králové, a city similar in size to Cedar Rapids, northeast of the Czech capital of Prague. Photos and information about Hradec Králové and other points of interest the students visited will be presented during Saturday’s program.
Students preschool through college are offered free admission to museum exhibits this Saturday during Free First Saturdays, and the Homestay presentation, in the museum’s library, is free for everyone.
Applications for the 2018 Homestay program are available on the Czech Heritage Foundation’s website: www.CzechHeritageFoundation.com
The Czech Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is committed to preserving, celebrating and maintaining the rich culture of the Czech community for future generations. Membership is open to all.