Our International Visitors

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October 31, 2019

We have many upcoming opportunities to engage with visitors in West Michigan! ​

Countering Violent Extremism (7 + 3) Uzbekistan November 2-6

Home hospitality meal, Sunday, November 3

Arts and Culture Management (5 + 2) Armenia November 5-8

Program in Traverse City

Home hospitality dinner in Traverse City, Wednesday, November 6 

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IT Entrepreneurship (11 +3) Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Israel November 26-29

Thanksgiving Day hospitality needed, Thursday, November 28

Firefighting in America (8 + 3) Iraq (December 8-11) 

Hospitality Dinner needed, Monday, December 9

Fostering Incubators for Economic Growth and Development (14 + 2) Afghanistan, Bangladesh (3), India (2), Nepal (2), Pakistan (3), Sri Lanka (2) and Tajikistan (December 8-12) 

Hospitality Dinner needed, Monday, December 9 or Tuesday December 10

Trafficking in Persons - Forced Labor (7 + 3) Poland (December 15-18)

Hospitality Dinner needed, Monday, December 16

Digital and Media Literacy in Education (13 + 2) The Netherlands (December 13-18)

Weekend Hospitality Meal needed, Saturday, December 14 or Sunday, December 15

Social Workers long-term exchange (Germany) - August 30 - December 3

5 visitors, seeking job shadow opportunities

Home hosts, in one-month intervals

Women in Entrepreneurship (5+2) Russia March 4-12, 2020 

Overnight home hosts needed in Kalamazoo

RECENT PROGRAMS: 

Kalamazoo’s Legacy of Exchange - Past and Future - Women Leading the Way

Tuesday, October 22 at the Ladies' Library Association of Kalamazoo, 6-9 pm

Religious Freedom in the U.S. and the Role of Religions (7 + 4) North Macedonia Oct.10-12 

Hotel in Grand Rapids. 

Media Literacy (9 + 2) Philippines October 9 – 12 

Education and Community Service (12 + 2) (Russia) September 26 - October 2

Hospitality, Sunday, September 29

Trafficking in Persons (4 + 2) Thailand September 7-10

Hospitality lunch, Afternoon of Sunday, September 8

Traditional and Social Media in Elections (5 + 3) Sri Lanka September 3-6 

Hospitality dinner, Evening of Wednesday, September 4

Minority and NGO Participation in the Democratic Process (16 + 4) (Americas Regional Project)  – El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico August 21-24 

Evening hospitality, Thursday, August 22

Combating Trafficking in Persons (8 + 3) (Kyrgyzstan) – August 18-21

NGO Management (13 + 4) (NEA RP Egypt (3), Israel, Kuwait, Morocco (3),Qatar (2),Palestine (2),Saudi Arabia (2),Tunisia (2), United Arab Emirates – August 15-21 (in Lansing on 19th)

Summer Camps: Learning English as a Second Language through Community Service (11 + 3) (Russia) – August 10-13

Afternoon Hospitality, Sunday, August 11

Trafficking in People (8 + 3) (Egypt) - August 9-14

U.S. Education in the Digital Age (8 + 3) (Morocco) - August 1-7

Afternoon Hospitality, Saturday, August 3

Innovation in Government (7 + 3) Brazil – July 31 – August 3

Dinner hospitality, Thursday, August 1

Interfaith Dialogue (13 + 4) (Iraq) – July 29-Aug 1 

Dinner hospitality, Tuesday, July 30

Rule of Law and Effective Victim Advocacy in the Criminal Justice System (3 + 1)  (Kosovo) - July 27-31

Afternoon Hospitality, Sunday, July 28

U.S. College Admissions (6 + 2) (Palestine) - July 24-28

Evening Hospitality, Friday, July 26

IYLEP - Arabic - Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program - 11 teens (8 girls and 3 boys), 2 adult mentors July 10-24. HOME HOSTED

 

Combating Trafficking in Persons (5 + 2) Mexico June 21-26

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists (6 + 2) Lusophone Africa Sub-regional Project, Angola (2), Cabo Verde (2), Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe May 12 - 15

Dinner Hospitality, Monday, May 13.

NGO Management (5 + 2) Belarus May 5 - 8

Dinner Hospitality, Monday, May 6.

CVE Community Strategies (21+4) Regional Project, Bahrain (3), Egypt (3), Iraq (3), Jordan (2), Kuwait, Mauritania (2), Saudi Arabia, Sudan (2), Tunisia, Palestine (2)  April 21 - 24 

Dinner Hospitality, Monday, April 22.

Young Leaders RISE - Renew, Inspire, Serve and Empower (15+4) Egypt (2), Iraq (3), Jordan (2), Lebanon, Morocco (2), Palestine (2), Saudi Arabia (2), Tunisia Regional Project, April 14 - 19 

Dinner Hospitality hosts needed, Tuesday, April 16.

Community Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism (5+2) Albania April 7-10 

Dinner Hospitality hosts needed, Monday, April 8.   

State and Local Government (8 + 1) Albania, Australia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Jordan, Nepal and Portugal Multi-regional April 4 - 9, 2019

Lunch or dinner Hospitality hosts needed. Saturday, April 6.

Empowering Youth to Strengthen Communities and Prevent Violence (11+3) Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Niger (2), South Sudan (2), Togo March 31 - April 3, 2019  

Dinner Hospitality hosts, Monday, April 1.

Alternative Care - (12+2) Kenya March 20 - 23 

Silviculture: Sustainable Forestry in the U.S. (7+2) Russia March 14-19

Dinner Hospitality, Sunday, March 17.

Women in STEM (5+2) Russia March 8-16, 2019 

Overnight home hosted in Kalamazoo

German Social Workers - long-term (3 month) job shadowing - 4 guests - August 30 - November 30 Home Hosted

Arts Administration (10+2) Macedonia November 10-14 (Full program in Traverse City)

University Admissions and Study Abroad (5 + 2 ) NEA Gulf Countries November 8-14 (Oman, Qatar (2), Saudi Arabia (3)

Hospitality: Saturday, November 10 - afternoon

Binational Centers (8+2) Oct. 26-30 Colombia

Hospitality: Monday, October 29 - evening

Transparency and Ethics in Government (9+2) October 24-27– Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia

Human and Civil Rights(5+2) Oct 21-24 Thailand

Women’s Entrepreneurship October 10-16 (9+2) Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan

Hospitality: Saturday, October 13 - afternoon 

Disinformation in Journalism (17+4) Oct 3-6 (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay)

Hospitality: 8-9 people (half the group) – in Grand Rapids – evening of Thursday, Oct 4.

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Growth September29-October 3 (11+3) Benin, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia (The), Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania (2), Zambia

 

Transboundary Water Management (18+3) Sept 29-Oct 3 Angola, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

American Pluralism: Politics, Policy and Economics (8+2) September 26-30 Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Hospitality: Saturday, September 29 – afternoon

Citizen Participation in Transparent and Accountable Government (5+2) Sept 19-25 (Ukraine

Hospitality: Saturday, September 22nd - afternoon

Women Entrepreneurs – Alumni as Economic Multipliers (8 + 2) Sept 13-18 (Bulgaria, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, China, Serbia, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe

Hospitality: Saturday, September 15 – afternoon
 

Combatting gender-based violence through coalition building (Pakistan) 9 visitors + 3 liaisons - July 19-21

Countering Violent Extremism through Community Youth Engagement (Kyrgyzstan) 8 visitors + 3 liaisons - August 12-16

IYLEP - Arabic - Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program - 11 teens, 2 adult mentors August 17-31 HOME HOSTS

U.S. Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program - NGO Empowerment Initiative

April 22, 2018

Part one of a two-part exchange took place in the USA, exploring nonprofit management best practices. Our Russian guests spent a week in Kalamazoo (April 20-28) followed by a week in Phoenix AZ (April 28-May 5). Later in the year (July 27 - August 5), we lead a U.S. delegation to Russia, and also developed virtual training. We implemented this project through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and partnered on the project with CIF Russia and Empower International.

Public and Religious Education in the U.S. - Saudi Arabia

April 03, 2018

We had a fabulous program (March 29-April 3) with senior educators from Saudi Arabia. They were in Kalamazoo through the Meridian International Center as delegates of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). We had a great workshop with the WMU Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology exploring virtual classrooms and student-centered pedagogies. We had enriching meetings with KPS Superintendent Michael Rice, including a tour of Maple Street Magnet School; a tour and meeting at the Fetzer Institute exploring spirituality in education; dialogue at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center and fabulous home hospitality luncheons over Easter Weekend.

Refugee Integration - Slovenia

March 27, 2018

We learned a great deal from our five IVLP guests from Slovenia (in an action-packed single day program in Kalamazoo through CRDF Global) as we explored work with unaccompanied minor youth and refugee resettlement with Bethany Christian Services, met with volunteers who are current sponsors of refugee families from Syria, and were inspired by Orchestra Rouh, where we attended a rehearsal of the fabulous young Syrian musicians that are growing musically and all around month in and month out. 

International delegations to Kalamazoo (March 2016 - June 2018)

March 22, 2018

Religion in a Secular Society (Republic of Kosovo) 5 guests + 2 liaisons - June 20-24

 

US-Russia Peer to Peer 8 visitors to Kalamazoo and Phoenix (Russia) April 27-May 5

 

Indian Women Entrepreneurs as Drivers of Economic Growth (India) 7 guests + 2 liaisons –  March 13-16

Social Integration of Children and Adults with Disabilities (Russia) 5 guests + 1 liaison + 1 interpreter February 2-10 Home hosted

US-El Salvador Exchange Programs and the Industries of the Future (El Salvador) 11 guests + 3 liaisons - January 27-31

Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Portugal) 6 guests + 1 liaison  – December 13-16

Community Outreach and Youth Engagement for Muslim Leaders (Belgium and the Netherlands) 10 guests + 2 liaisons –  December 10-12

Channeling Energy for Sustained Social Change (Ukraine) 5 guests + 2 liaisons - November 19-22

Social Workers – Germany (4 guests, August 19 – November 21) Home hosted

Sustainable Agriculture and Modern Marketing – Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyz Republic (2), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (11 guests) September 2nd  – 6th, 2017

Social Workers – Spain (1 guest, Sept 7 – October 4) Germany (4 guests, August 19 – November 21) Home hosted

The Pharmaceutical Industry – Palestine (6 guests) August 16th – 19th, 2017

Addressing the needs of Refugee Youth – Germany (4 guests + 2 liaisons: August 6-9)

IYLEP - Iraqi Youth Leadership Development Exchange (10 youth + 4 adults: July 8-22) Home hosted

Independent Living for People with Disabilities – Russia (6 guests + 2 liaisons: July 11-14)

American Libraries – Kazakhstan (4 guests + 2 liaisons: June 15-20)

Civic Engagement in Small and Medium Sized Cities – Poland (10 guests + 2 liaisons: May 17-22)

Children in the U.S. Justice System – Kuwait, Panama, Slovakia, Ukraine, Zambia, Zimbabwe (6 guests: May 13-17)

Research and Development at Public Universities – Azerbaijan (9 guests + 3 liaisons: May 3-6)

Youth and Community Conflict Resolution – Brazil (8 guests + 3 liaisons: April 12-15)

Women and Social Entrepreneurship – Russia (7 guests: March 4-12, 2017) Home hosted

Workforce Development – Bermuda (6 guests: February 9-11, 2017)

NGO Management – Regional – Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia (2) (10 guests: February 2 – 7, 2017)

Our Planet: Urban Sustainability – Resilient Cities – Canada, Costa Rica, People’s Republic of China (4 guests: Feb 1-6, 2017)

Regional Economic Development – Estonia (6 guests: Jan 8-11, 2017)

Women Promoting Peace and Security – Australia, Burma, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Japan, Papua New Guinea (2), Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste (12 guests: Dec 6-10, 2016)

Social Workers – Spain (1 guest) June - August 2016; Germany (3 guests:  September – Dec. 2016) Home hosted

Trafficking in Persons – Oman (5 guests: Nov 23-29)

Integrating Minorities into the Public and Private Sectors – Israel (13 guests: Nov 13-16)

Education, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship – Pakistan (16 guests), Oct 9th – 12th

Innovation in Science and Technology Education – Colombia (7 guests), Sept 14th – 17th

Interfaith Dialogue – Saudi Arabia (13 guests), August 10th - 13th

Changemakers II:  The impact of social entrepreneurship in the U.S. – Multi-Regional:  Algeria, Burundi, Cambodia, Egypt, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China, (9 guests), August 4th - 10th

Community Policing – Mexico (13 guests), July 13th -16th

Energy Security through Deregulation and Energy Efficiency – South Korea (7 guests), July 7th – 12th

Youth Mentoring, Development, and After School Programs – Gabon (10 guests), June 8th – 12th

Waste Management – Turkmenistan (6 guests), June 4th – 8th

Environmental Education – Russia (7 guests), June 4th – 12th

Trafficking in Persons – Costa Rica (8 guests), May 18th – 22nd

Ethnic Communities Historical Memory Initiative – Colombia (6 guests), May 17th – 19th

Education and Integration of Youth in a Diverse Society – Greece (6 guests), May 15th – 17th

Civil Society, Rule of Law, and Human Rights – Kyrgyzstan (6 guests) – April 2016

Disability Rights – Multi-Regional - Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Sudan, Chad (12 guests) – April 2016

Women’s Entrepreneurship – Multi-Regional - Egypt, Ghana, Guyana, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Russia, United Arab Emirates (9 guests) – March 2016

Inclusiveness in the Decision Making Process – Turkey (4 guests) – March 2016

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