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Colleagues International is the Kalamazoo region’s leading international organization, linking businesses and institutions with hundreds of rising and established leaders. 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 its inception, thousands of visitors representing more than 100 countries have been hosted in Kalamazoo.Since 1971, Colleagues International and its predecessor organization KACIP (Kalamazoo Area Council of International Programs) has been fostering and promoting citizen diplomacy – the idea that in a democracy, the individual citizen has the right, indeed the responsibility – to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time.”

Kalamazoo is a medium size Midwestern community. Our location in southwest Michigan allows our exchange visitors to experience “real America” with easy access to larger cities such as Chicago and Detroit. Kalamazoo is a highly diverse community – ethnically and culturally. Our schools, colleges and university offer significant multicultural programming opportunities.
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Local business, media, healthcare, law enforcement, nonprofit, government and education professionals welcome our international visitors and the mutual exchange of ideas. One of a kind professional and cultural programming opportunities abound in Kalamazoo and West Michigan.
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A Taste of the World

For those of you who marked your calendar for our “Taste of the World” fundraiser, we have decided to postpone it until later in the year.  We are still excited about the concept, but it turned out that the date we originally chose was problematic for several of our sponsors and participants.  Postponing it until later in the year will give us the opportunity to make sure it is a first-rate event.  Stay tuned for updates…we’ll let you know as soon as we have a new date confirmed!

Our latest newsletter is here!

We Need Host Families!

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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