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Afghanistan Water Polo in the USA!
Are you a fan of water polo? Looking for a way to win hearts and minds?
Take advantage of a unique cultural opportunity and provide lodging to one of our athletes during their training trips. Host families can submit a Host Family Info Sheet, and we will keep it on file and contact you when the team is in your area. We are looking for host families all over the world!
The athletes will be enriching themselves and their host communities in the following ways:
Athletes will volunteer 10 hours per week in their local communities, including beach cleanups, painting and restoring local landmarks, making care packages for U.S. service members deployed to Afghanistan, assisting with homeless shelters, working with local schools, and supporting the local aquatics communities by timing at youth swim meets and water polo events.
Athletes will bring cultural exchange to local communities at elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges, and universities. Since most American students have likely never met a current citizen of Afghanistan, this represents a truly unique opportunity. Athletes will speak at local civic and community groups, including local Rotary clubs, to help raise polio awareness. Afghanistan is one of the few countries that still has a polio epidemic.
Athletes will learn how to read and write in their own language, learn to speak English, receive basic skills and nutrition courses, and will learn basic math, science, and social science in a classroom environment from experienced volunteers. Most of the athletes have only a first-grade education level and are illiterate. These educational opportunities will significantly raise their knowledge base and will better serve these athletes and their villages.
The athletes will also be involved in vocational training. They will meet with local businesses to learn modern business practices to expand knowledge of their current trade or learn a new trade. This training will include modern techniques for farming and ranching, creating businesses, accounting, storage, and so many other valuable skills. This brings another opportunity for the American populace to interact with the citizens of Afghanistan.
The athletes will attend many cultural events while training in the United States, including visits to local zoos, aquariums, museums, historical sites, theatre, operas, ballet, and musicals. These cultural experiences will expand their world view and and provide yet more educational and cultural perspective for the athletes to bring back to their villages and provinces.
Exposure to Moderate Islam
Athletes will make weekly trips to local mosques in their host communities to learn from non-extremist teachers of Islam, providing an opportunity for these athletes to read for themselves and be exposed to moderate interpretations of the Qur’an. This also provides the athletes a chance to meet with and learn from Muslim Americans.