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Religious and Cultural Diversity

Religious and Cultural Diversity

… As seen through the eyes of 3 Muslim, Hindu, and Christian exchange students

Roseburg, Ore., Nov 21st, 2017 — The Umpqua Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters will present a program on Religious and Cultural Diversity on Tuesday, November 21st, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W Harvard Ave, Roseburg. This meeting is open to the public.

Do you know which country is the 2nd most populous country iGlobe with Flagsn the world, and where Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism all originated? Which country is comprised solely of islands, and is the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation? Which country has the world’s only city that spans two continents? What does it mean to be a devout Hindu? How do Muslims, Christians, and members of other religions interact in Indonesia? How does it feel to be an American Christian living in a majority Muslim country?

If these questions interest you, you’re invited to attend a presentation on Nov 21st hosted by the League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley about religious and cultural diversity. The program will feature two of our exchange students who are in Douglas County as part of the State-Dept. sponsored Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Also featured will be a U.S. person who went on an AFS exchange to Turkey in 1991.

Presenters will be: Akhilesh Jhawar, 17 year-old student from Kolkata, India, who is currently a senior at Sutherlin High School; Akhilesh is passionate about quantum physics and hopes to be an astronaut someday – last year, his school team from Kolkata won a space shuttle settlement design contest and received an all-expense paid trip to NASA.

Refina Puspita is also a 17 year-old student; she hails from Kalimantan, Indonesia, and is a senior at Roseburg High School. Refina has placed on her country’s debate team, and her passions are history, political science, and writing fiction.

And Amy Nash, a student from Roseburg, who went on exchange to Turkey after graduating high school, and can describe the cultural and religious interactions that she had.

Please attend and bring a friend.

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Douglas County AFS Announcement

Douglas County AFS asks for your support!

We have great community leaders among our membership, and one is the Douglas County AFS Coordinator, Tina Arredondo, who announced at our Annual Meeting last night that host families are still needed for AFS international exchange students for the 2017-18 school year.

In particular, AFS would like to place one or more of the YES Program students;

YES is a State Dept-sponsored scholarship for students from countries with significant Muslim populations.

We have a YES-program girl from Pakistan to place, as well as YES students from Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Gaza, Bangladesh, Libya, Lebanon, Senegal, and the West Bank. Other AFS students are coming from Italy, New Zealand, Turkey, Norway, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and more.

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Students from Indonesia, two from Pakistan & Israel (left to right)

Please contact Tina Arredondo at DouglasCountyAFS@gmail.com for more information.

The mission of AFS is to work toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

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Annual AFS Intercultural Banquet

Banquet-flyer-photo-2016-50Meet local AFS Exchange Students at the Annual AFS Intercultural Banquet on March 8, 2016 at 6:00PM to 9PM

There will be presentations by AFS Students, Door Prize, and an International Silent Auction. Wonderful Food, Delicious Desserts, Great Entertainment

March 8, 2016 @ 6:00PM to 9PM
Wellspring Bible Fellowship
2245 NW Kline St.
Roseburg, OR

Read the delicious sounding menu by clicking on the  Banquet flyer 2016.

The Desserts are prepared by the exchange students from recipes of their home country.

Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of 8. $8 for children under 12.
To make a reservation, contact Tina Arrendondo. Reservation deadline is Feb. 27, 2016.

Any questions? contact Tina Arredondo at [541]-[637]-[0899] or email douglascountyafs@gmail.com