There simply is no better way to show the world the truly generous spirit of Oregonians than to host. If you've ever wondered what you could do to contribute to deeper cross-cultural understanding and a more peaceful world—this is it! Your hospitality makes a world of difference.
HOST AT YOUR HOME
Build lifelong connections by opening your doors to an international visitor for an American home experience. Throughout the year (and especially during the summer and fall), the International Visitor Program offers the opportunity to host an adult or youth visitor from across the world—from three nights to five weeks. Overnight hosts provide a private bedroom, breakfast, most dinners, and an up-close view of daily life in an American home.
Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (July 24 - August 7, 2018)
Participants on this U.S. Department of State-funded program are between the ages of 15 and 17 and are recruited from all provinces in Iraq. Throughout their exchange, students explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement. Competitively-selected American students also join Iraqi participants in all U.S. activities.
Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (August 8 - 21, 2018)
Participants on this U.S. Department of State-funded program are between the ages 15 and 18 and are recruited from across Africa. During the program, the students engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes, interactive training in conflict resolution, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, and homestays with local American families. A key component of the program is for participants to develop follow-on community-based projects in their home communities to effect positive change after their return home.
We are seeking French-speaking hosts for this program!
Youth Ambassadors from Bolivia and Peru (October 11 - 22, 2018)
The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Exchange subthemes include human rights, multiculturalism, social justice, and social transformation. These three-week programs are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
Participants will engage in workshops, meetings with community leaders, community service activities, interactive trainings, cultural presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays with U.S. American families, civic education programming, and more.
Hosted dinners often make the biggest impact on the international visitors because they create opportunities for one-on-one conversation and a deeper appreciation for cultural commonalities. Whether a summer barbeque, a dinner shared with friends, or a simple family supper, these visits often lead to long-term friendships and offer a welcoming window for visitors during their time in the U.S. We offer opportunities to host an entire group, a small group, or even a single visitor.
HOST AT YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION
Oregon-based companies can experience the transformative benefits of a global network—right from home! Welcome visitors from across the world for a tour of your company; share your unique successes and challenges; or exchange innovative ideas with industry leaders! Learn more about our International Visitor Program. Contact us today to get involved as a Professional Host!
"Her visit broadened our employees' perspective of the world, and it feels great to help people. It's a win-win."
-Pacific Coast Fruit Company’s CEO David Nemarnik, whose company hosted Craslyn Benjamin, CEO of Benlar Foods Limited, Jamaica.