Overview of The Exchange Program

Table of Contents

1. VISION

2. OBJECTIVE

– Language and Culture

– Basque Soccer

3. GROUP ACTIVITIES

4. HOSTING FAMILY STIPENDS

5. THE BASQUE MUSEUM IN BOISE, ID

6. PAST CULTURAL EXCHANGES

7. UPCOMING EXCHANGES

8. ONLINE “HOSTING INTEREST” FORM


1. VISION

Our club is committed to support and spread the word about the rich history of the Basque culture in Idaho and in the world. We accomplish this by:

(1) Enabling our soccer club families as well as other members of our community to host students from the Basque Country. (We partnered in 2011 with a Basque organization called Larrabetzu Cultural Exchanges, located in Larrabetzu near Bilbao, to help us implement the Exchanges).

real-soccer-cronw-logo-generic and Larabetzu Logo

(2) Educating interested families about the Basque culture via specific cultural activities during the exchanges, for example visits and guided tours to the Basque Museum in Boise.

(3) Giving opportunities to our soccer players, their families, and other interested member of our community to visit the Basque country so they can experience first hand the wonderful Basque culture and people.

Former Real Boise Soccer Player, Juanjo Carmona de Ville (left) went to study and play soccer in Bilbao for one semester in 2012 and was hosted by two different Basque families. This picture is from a game between Athletic de Bilbao and Danok Bat in Lezama, Bilbao (2012). Marcos Jimeno (right) is a Basque player from Danok Bat who participated in the Boise Area exchange in 2011 and 2012.

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Former Real Boise Soccer player, Juanjo Carmona-deVille, at Lezama (Athletic de Bilbao’s Training Grounds), Spring 2012


2. OBJECTIVE

During the exchanges, which usually last about 1 month in the Summers, students for the most part do everything with the hosting family and they are totally incorporated in their family routine. (Even if hosting families go on vacation somewhere for some period of time within  the exchange time frame, families take the students with them). Weekly activities are also organized by Larrabetzu Cultural Exchanges and Real Soccer during the exchange — see later below in this page.


The main objective is for these students to improve their English skills and for them to get to know our culture as well as for our families to know about the Basque culture and the Idaho Basque history.

  • Basque Soccer
In addition, the Basque Country is well known for their well structured and successful soccer youth academies. Besides our scope of hosting any interested Basque student from the Basque Country, we are also committed to expose our club’s athletes to Basque soccer, and therefore our club also strives to bring soccer players from the Basque country to live with our families and have them participate in soccer training, camps and tournaments with our teams, in addition to any other weekly Group Activities organized by Larrabetzu Cultural Exchanges.
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6 Basque exchange students, also soccer players from Danok Bat (a top Bilbao soccer club) formed part of one of our Real Soccer Club traveling teams in a US Club Regional Tournament in Seattle in 2011 and 2012. From left to right: Aitor Guisasola, Marcos Jimeno, Iker Bilbao, Xabier Galdeano, Egoitz Markinez, and Iñigo Extremiana

 Soccer clubs that we have worked with in the past includes Danok Bat (associated to Athletic Club de Bilbao) and Uritarra KT.
Athletic de Bilbao visits Boise, summer 2015

La Liga Athletic de Bilbao plays first Pro Soccer match ever in Boise (Summer 2015)


3. GROUP ACTIVITIES

Larrabetzu Cultural Exchanges (our club’s partner) organizes some periodic cultural activities, excursions and other activities (usually no more than once a week) for the students who come to Idaho. The hosting family is not obligated to attend those but are welcome to do so. Hosting families could just drop the student at an indicated place. If the hosting family has scheduled an activity that same day, they could offer the student either option.
 Exchange students pay for any cost associated to any of these extra activities.
A schedule of tentative activities is announced in Spring before the Basque students arrive.
In short, apart from learning a new language, there are other reasons to participate in this cultural exchange program.  Uniting the communities in the Boise area and the Txorierri Valley will allow us to share our common and distinct cultural knowledge and experiences.  Field trips to cultural celebrations, sporting events and to the great outdoors will be organized for the students.
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Two of our exchange students play “Pala” in the Boise Basque Block Indoor Pala Court in downtown (Grove Street between 6th and Capitol St), July 2013


4. HOSTING FAMILY STIPENDS

Hosting families receive 300 euros in compensation for the hosting costs — the regular room and board hosting families commit to. Students pay for any outside the family activities they choose to participate in (cultural activities, camps, excursions, going out etc.)


5. THE BASQUE MUSEUM IN BOISE, Idaho

The Basque Museum and Cultural Center was established in 1985 as a small museum in the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House at 607 Grove Street. Located in scenic Boise, Idaho, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities of Idaho and surrounding areas. Through hard work and the support of many individuals, businesses, foundations, and Basque communities, the Museum began to interpret the rich and colorful history of the Basques, their origins, and their new life in America.

During every exchange in the Boise area, we set a morning in which all students and their hosting families are invited to a guided tour of the basque museum and the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House. This is a very insightful tour that, among others, give us a very unique vision of the lives of the first Basque people who came to Idaho.

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A group of Exchange students during a guided tour of the Basque Museum in Boise in the Summer of 2013

Please visit the Basque Museum web site at:

http://basquemuseum.com/

8. ONLINE “HOSTING INTEREST” FORM

So if you would like to host a student from the Basque Country in the Boise and Middleton areas this Summer, please register below! You will have a chance to let us know your preferences about the student you would like to host.  We will be sending profiles to interested families as they become available! If we do not find a match (for example gender or age) for your family, you have no obligation to host.


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