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A programme that aims to develop active citizenship for young people across Europe is being brought to Northumberland by a former student at Morpeth’s high school.

AFS International is looking for families in the county who will welcome a teenager into their home for three months.

Two 16-year-olds – a girl from Portugal and a boy from the Czech Republic – are eager to experience what life is like for youngsters in the area.

Pauline Fraser, who used to attend King Edward VI School, was an AFS student in the 1970s when she spent time in the USA.

She is co-ordinating the launch of the European Citizenship Trimester Programme in the county, which will be the first time it will run in the UK.

She said: “This programme has been running across Europe for more than five years and we are so excited that we are bringing this opportunity to Northumberland.

“Morpeth has a great history of supporting AFS students through both sending and hosting.

“Young people aged between 16 and 18 attend a local school and live with a family as part of that family. We ask that they get involved with their local community as well during their time in a different country.

“Host families get so much from hosting a young person. They learn about another culture and get another perspective on what is familiar.

“While hosting is voluntary, we cover additional costs such as school travel, school meals and mobile phones for students.”

AFS International has been running inter-cultural learning initiatives for young people for many years.

For more details about the European programme, call Pauline on 07969 586903.