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How to become a Community Connections Hosting Organization

Organizations interested in hosting Community Connections participants should meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) organizational status;
  • strong local business and community support willing to provide internships and home stays on a volunteer basis;
  • a minimum of four years of experience planning and implementing international exchange programs;
  • a sufficient volunteer-based or full-time staff to properly implement a minimum of two programs of ten participants each in a calendar year;
  • flexibility to adjust program planning, schedules, and internships as appropriate;
  • ability to identify and hire local interpreters for professional programs, as needed;
  • ability to plan and implement programs with a maximum of eight weeks'
    lead time.

Organizations meeting the qualifications above and interested in becoming a host organization are invited to contact the Community Connections office to receive a letter of invitation to submit a proposal.

Letters inviting proposals are sent in early fall of each year, with proposals due before the end of December. Organizations learn the results of the review panels in late-winter, and grants are generally awarded in late-spring. Successful organizations should plan to host the first group of participants in the autumn of the same year.

Interested organizations may refer to the bureau's Current RFPs site for a listing of all open RFPs.

For further information, contact:
Community Connections
301 4th Street, SW, Room 224
Washington, DC 20547
Phone: (202)401-6884
Fax: (202)260-0440

Email: Community Connections

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