The Deschutes Economic Alliance, along with Co-Serve International will host 20 students from Kazakhstan in mid-July as part of a year long study program. Dave Lewis with the DEA says these students have been attending universities in their country, studying leadership and business, and this week -long "field trip" will help them understand how a successful business and community is run in the U.S. "It's pretty exciting because they come from a culture that they're not vary far post-soviet domination in their country and these concepts and ideas of serving and providing leadership are not things that have been a big part of their culture. So it's pretty exciting to see the changes and the illustrations of how that's represented here." Lewis says the students will stay with host families in the area, and will visit American Licorice, Bend Research and the nonprofit Healing Reins Therapeutic Center. They will also receive presentations from various community leaders and then, when they return to Kazakhstan they must actually do some kind of project in their own communities to complete the program.