International Focus is progressing rapidly with International Visitor Leadership (IVLP), Open World, and Community Connections programs.
IVLP Home Hospitality offers you the opportunity to host small dinner events in your home for two to four visitors. Individuals and families are invited to volunteer as hosts and may be needed at any time throughout the year as delegations visit NC nearly every month.
Home Hospitality isn't complicated. There's no need to plan anything particularly fancy, as the goal is simply that you share your warmth, interest, and dinner hospitality with our international guests. These dinners are invariably lively, enjoyable exchanges, and we keep them small in size not just to limit the host's burden of preparation, but also to foster more extensive dialogue.
A home hospitality dinner may take many forms: a family-style dinner with immediate family and/or close friends, a potluck, or a picnic where you bring the dinner to share. What matters most is a spirit of warm, welcoming hospitality.
Note that hosts must pick up their dinner guests at their hotel before dinner, and drop them back at the hotel afterward. For more information, please contact IVLP Program Director, Leila Bekri at 919-782-0552 or [email protected]
International Focus is partnering with Adam-Bryce to support Girl Rising, a movement for girls' education. Girl Rising is a ground-breaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. Girl Rising partners with established nonprofits. International Focus is happy to generate awareness about this cause as it focuses on important issues that pertain to Haitians, Peruvians, Afghans, Egyptians, Cambodians, Nepalese, Ethiopians, Indians, and Sierra Leoneans.
A gala benefiting Girl Rising will be held at Marbles Museum on March 20th at Marbles Museum in Raleigh, NC. For more information about the event, please click here or like Girl Rising Gala 2014 on Facebook. For more information on Girl Rising, please click here.
The Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs with post-Soviet countries, is administrated by the Open World Leadership Center. Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent entity in late 2000, the Center is the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch. Through Open World, nearly 18,000 current and future leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have meaningfully engaged and interacted with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many the direct professional counterparts of these Eurasian leaders. Over 120 Open World participants visited North Carolina in 2013.
International Focus has great news to share with you! For the last several weeks, International Focus has been working with the International Affairs Council (IAC) of North Carolina to complete the transfer of all IAC international programming, including the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Open World Program, and Community Connections to International Focus.
Both the new programs and staff will serve to strengthen International Focus' role in the community and our ability to fulfill our mission. This enormous step forward will also ensure that International Focus can fulfill its vision of hosting not only our wonderful International Festival, but also year round programming throughout the Triangle area.