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Philosophy: An Educational Organization Our world can be made better if today's youth learns to understand and appreciate its cultural and linguistic diversity. Young people benefit from experiences which complement their classroom learning, which help them develop an awareness of their role as world citizens, and which instill in them an ability to enjoy and adapt to diversity and change. Opportunities to participate in such experiences must be accessible and affordable to as wide range of people as possible. Immersion is the best way to become acquainted with another countryâ s people, heritage and values. Living with a family provides a warm and secure setting for experiencing another culture. Programs without host family experiences should involve our students as closely as possible in the culture and life of the country in which they stay. Communication is the key to understanding culture. Knowledge of language, an eagerness to improve communication skills, and a curiosity for learning permit a higher level of understanding. The friendships that result from the sharing of family and cultural life encourage continued communication, growth, and understanding across borders.
Objectives To promote international understanding through family homestays, with a focus on culture and language. Nacel Open Door programs should lead participants to discard stereotypes and discover the realities of other cultures and peoples. To increase awareness of the importance of understanding other cultures and to stimulate interest in community support of language and international education. To offer opportunities for language students to improve communication skills and learn firsthand about the culture of countries sharing their language of study. To support foreign language education in American schools by encouraging students to undertake and continue foreign language study. The personal relationships established through participation in Nacel Open Door programs stimulate interest and provide an added dimension to the study of foreign languages and cultures. To provide well-conceived and well-organized programs which offer affordable opportunities to students and families. To make participation a rewarding experience for both students and host families by providing solid preparation for participants, organized transportation, and a strong support network. Affiliations Nacel Open Door is listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor.
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