Ten leading professionals from Belarus will be visiting the Triangle area from April 16- May 7, 2014 in order to participate in the Community Connections Program through International Focus Inc.
Community Connections is a program of USAID through World Learning and is designed to promote public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural ideas and values between participants, U.S. families and local community host organizations.
This particular program is entitled: Mediation: Alternative Dispute Resolution. The goal of the program is to bring candidates from Belarus who are seen as best equipped (professionally and personally) to transfer obtained experience from this program back to their home country, applying best practices and promoting mediation development. These participants will be selected from civil society organizations and private businesses that promote mediation principles, including professional lawyers and mediators, social psychologists, and youth counselors.
Program participants will receive mediation training from a variety of notable professionals including, Duke University law professors, Executive Director of Carolina Dispute Settlement Services, Diann Seigle, and Circuit Mediator for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Frank Laney. The Belarus delegation will also be making presentations at NC Bar Association and networking with American colleagues.
Additionally, home stays in the Triangle area will allow the Belarus delegates to experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities.
For more information on the Community Connections program, please contact Maria Adoskina, Special Projects Director, at 919-606-5919.