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 “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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Environment – Energy Policy in the U.S. (Multi-Countries, Europe), 5 guests
June 9th – 14th, 2016


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


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


Meet Our Guests!

Why not consider hosting some of our foreign visitors. Contact us and find out more about this program and how to go about becoming involved.

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