Bringing the World to Kalamazoo
As a volunteer-driven citizen diplomacy organization, Colleagues International enriches local community with global diversity, one relationship at a time. We are committed to making Kalamazoo a more globally engaged community, drawing strength from international exchange, while enriching the professional, cultural and personal lives of local residents and visitors from around the world.
Since our start in 1971, we have hosted thousands of international visitors representing more than 100 countries. Opportunities offered by Colleagues International include professional exchanges for emerging and established leaders, internships, job-shadowing, youth leadership programs, and seminars. Each program is tailored to the specific interests and needs of both the exchange visitor and the local partner.
Colleagues International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a proud member of the Global Ties U.S. and CIPUSA networks. In 2018, Colleagues International hosted 261 emerging and established international leaders in Kalamazoo from 72 countries. Most of our visitors came to us through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
We also offer long-term (one to four month) J-1 Visa training programs for professional development in many fields, especially social services. We have been hosting social workers in long-term exchange since 1971. We also host visitors through the Open World Leadership Center, as well as youth leadership exchanges.
Our programs create rich personal and professional growth and lasting friendships.
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