Colleagues International

Bringing the World to Kalamazoo

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Celebrating its 45th year in Kalamazoo, Colleagues International has hosted more than 2000 visitors from some 100 countries. In Fall 2015 alone, Colleagues hosted 80 people from 40 nations.

We are a volunteer-based citizen diplomacy organization and part of a network of volunteers that was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1971, Colleagues has been fostering and promoting citizen diplomacy, enriching local community with global diversity in Kalamazoo one relationship at a time.

More than 200 professional hosts, from fields including nonprofit, media, business, healthcare, law enforcement, government and education, welcome their international peers in professional exchange.

Enriching professional and cultural programming opportunities abound in Kalamazoo and West Michigan.

Our core of student and community volunteers ensures the smooth planning and execution of international programs here in Kalamazoo and across West Michigan, from individuals staying for several months, to large groups going into depth on a particular issue.

Colleagues International has a network of more than 100 home hospitality families active today. These citizen diplomats love to open their homes and lives to international visitors.

2016 Programs

Current and Upcoming Programs

ColumbiaInnovation in Science and Technology Education – Colombia, 5 guests
September 14th – 17th, 2016

germanySocial Work – Germany (3 guests)
September – November, 2016

Past Events
globeEntrepreneurship – Women Entrepreneurs (Multi-Countries), 8 guests
March 10-15

turkeyDiversity – Inclusion of minorities in decision making (Turkey), 3 guests
March 26-30

kyrgyzstanHuman Rights – Civil Society, Rule of Law, & Human Rights (Kyrgyzstan), 4 guests
April 9-13

globeHuman Rights – Disability Rights (Multi-Country), 8 guests
April 10-13

greeceDiversity & Youth – Diversity and Youth Issues in the U.S. (Greece), 4 guests
May 15th – 17th, 2016

ColumbiaEthnic Communities – Historical Memory Initiatives (Colombia), 4 guests
May 17th – 19th, 2016

costa ricaHuman Trafficking – Trafficking in Persons (Costa Rica), 6 guests
May 18th – 22nd, 2016

TurkmenistanEnvironment – Waste Management (Turkmenistan), 4 guests
June 4th – 8th, 2016

RussiaEnvironment – Russia, 6 guests
June 4th – 12th, 2016

GabonYouth – Youth Mentoring, Development, and After School Programs (Gabon), 10 guests
June 8th – 12th, 2016

south korea Energy – Energy Security through Deregulation & Energy Efficiency (Republic of Korea), 5 guests
July 7th – 12th, 2016

Flag_of_Mexico.svg Community & Government – Community Policing (Mexico), 10 guests
July 13th – 16th, 2016

Spain Social Work – Spain (2 guests)
June – August, 2016

globeEntrepreneurship – Effects of Social Entrepreneurship in the U.S. (Multi-Countries), 8 guests
August 4th – 10th, 2016

Flag_of_Saudi_arabia Diversity & Religion – Interfaith Dialogue (Saudi Arabia), 8 guests
August 10th – 13th, 2016

Meet Our Guests!

Consider hosting some of our foreign visitors. Contact us and find out more about this program and how to become involved.

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