By opening their homes, offices and schools to international leaders participating in exchange, citizen diplomats foster international understanding and cooperation, and constructive personal and professional connections across borders.

There are many ways to get involved!

Our organization would not exist without the support of our community. From volunteer drivers, donors, home and professional hosts and office support, there are countless ways to use your time and resources to make a difference. Your involvement with international visitors will bring lasting memories, cherished friendships and a fresh perspective on the world! Many hosts have traveled to their visitors’ countries and stayed in their homes. Professional partnerships have been forged. And most importantly, cultural barriers have been broken down. Become a citizen diplomat today!

Upcoming home hosting opportunities:

July 8-22 – Need host families for 10 youth and 2 adult mentors from Iraq

August 15 – November 15 – Need host families for 4 German Social Workers

September 11 – October 4 – Need host family for social worker from Spain

Professional Hosts

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Meet with your colleagues from around the world! Our distinguished visitors are leaders in their fields, and are in the U.S. to have an exchange of ideas with their professional counterparts. This valuable networking experience has often led to professional collaboration. Fill out the contact form to join our Professional Resource list and we will contact you when an International Visitor in your field comes to Kalamazoo.

Hospitality Hosts

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Many short term visitors stay in hotels, but weekend or dinner home hospitality with local families is often a major highlight of their time in this country. We ask hospitality hosts that they share their home for an evening, with food and casual conversation. This gives visitors a glimpse into U.S. culture in a home environment, and gives local residents the chance to learn about life in another country. Please consider conducting citizen diplomacy from the comfort of your living room!

Home Hosts

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Longer term guests stay with local families. They are included in family activities to personally experience American ways of life. Living in a home gives visitors a peek into everyday life here. International visitors have enjoyed going to the farmer’s markets, school sporting events, family reunions and weddings. Responsibilities for hosting include providing a bedroom with a permanent bed, two meals a day, bathroom access, and transportation (when public transit is not accessible in the host’s location). Home stay durations are flexible, but average 2 weeks in length.

Important information

Volunteering with us is a charitable gift to our organization. Save your receipts for groceries and relevant expenses incurred from entertaining guests. Once the visitors depart, Colleagues will send you a form to return so that we can provide you with a receipt for your contribution.

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