Three years ago, the program was expanded to send kids from the U.S.A. to countries with a large Muslim population. There are currently 11 countries which students are going to: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. South Africa and Tunisia were both added for next year! (Egypt and Mali were removed last year in light of safety concerns for students. They are tentatively on the list for 2013-2014, but it’s not a guarantee.)
I would encourage you to consider this program, either as a host family or as an exchange student. It’s not for everyone, and it takes an incredible amount of commitment, optimism and openness to change. However, every experience I’ve had has helped me grow as a person.