The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, otherwise known as ECA, is an agency that is operating within the United States Department of State.
The efforts of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are geared towards fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the inhabitants of other countries around the world.
In addition to all its existing programs and activities, the ECA has constituted the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program wherein it seeks to promote mutual understanding between the citizens of the United States of America and the inhabitants of Eurasia by way of sending secondary school students from Eurasia to live in an American community for a full academic year.
The program is designed to work in manner where secondary students from Eurasia will be sent to America to live with an American host family and attend accredited American high schools for one academic year with the hopes of exposing the citizens of the United States to the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the people of Eurasia.
The program is also intended to fund local activities that will deepen the students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding American style of democracy and civil society.
The Future Leaders Exchange Program: Host Family and School Placement and Monitoring
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