Global Outreach Program

February 25, 2022

Show your Catholic Hospitality

International student MartinHost a Student and Assist Global Outreach in Rebuilding the Church in Eastern Europe…

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

Global Outreach Details

Global Outreach is a program in which high school students from Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, Ukraine, and Poland) come to the United States to refine their English language and servant leadership skills as well as experience a year in a Catholic high school with an active Catholic family. The program, and the positive experiences it provides for both exchange students and host families, has been featured on Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS, and in articles in The Catholic Voice.

Won’t Your Consider Hosting?

The GO program in Omaha is currently seeking host families for the 2022 – 2023 school year for GO students who will attend Archdiocesan Catholic high schools. Host families provide a loving family for a student for the school year, but are not responsible for tuition and book expenses. Furthermore, the students bring their own spending money from home and are considered members of the family, not merely “guests.”

Many people are reluctant to host an exchange student because they fear they are not the “ideal” family. However, ideal host families live in any part of the city.  As a matter of fact, they are in all stages of life: families with teenagers, empty-nesters, active seniors, young families, childless couples, or single-parent families. The only requirements are that the family be practicing Catholics and willing to welcome the student as a family member.

Families Receive Much

The families who have hosted students in the past attest that through the Global Outreach program, they have received as much as they have given. Can you open your heart and home to a student who is anxious to learn in the United States and be part of a Catholic school and family? Is your family being called to show Catholic hospitality and extend an Omaha welcome to a student for the next school year?

In fact, all three Omaha-area Archdiocesan high schools are willing to accept GO students if host families can be found. Roncalli Catholic will accept 1 student; Skutt Catholic will accept 2 students; Gross Catholic will accept 2 students. In addition, Archbishop Neumann in Wahoo will also accept 1 student. Unfortunately, there are typically more exceptional candidates than families offering to host them.

Further Information

If you are interested in hosting a student or have questions, contact Monsignor James Gilg (402-618-0607) or Chris and Craig Boro (402-556-1554). More information about the Global Outreach Exchange program is at http://globaloutreachprogram.com

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