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American Hosting Organizations


Organizations selected as American host organizations are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that submit proposals to the Bureau. Proposals must demonstrate an applicant's extensive experience in coordinating international exchange programs and show strong support from leaders and institutions in their home communities. Community Connections hosting organizations include International Visitors Councils, World Affairs Councils, community colleges, Rotary clubs, sister city projects and universities.

A grant award from the Bureau covers many of the costs associated with the program. Organizations are responsible for the overall planning and implementation of the program, including arranging for all international and domestic travel, internship planning and placement, local transportation, finding host families, cultural programming, hiring of interpreters for non-English speakers, and organization of seminars. The U.S. hosting organizations work closely with local businesses and public and private organizations, which volunteer their time and resources to develop and implement programs for Community Connections participants.

Home stays are another important aspect of the Community Connections program. Participants live with local American families who provide the participant with an intimate look at American culture. In many cases, host family members and participants become close friends and continue to maintain contact and visit each other once the program is over. Like host companies and other organizations, host families volunteer to share their lives with these international guests, providing direct exposure to American culture and life.


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