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.
Become a Homestay Host (member only).
A Homestay involves three to five days. We encourage hosts to share their lives and interest, whether by touring favorite local sites, visiting a museum, or attending a sporting event. For visitors, weekdays are filled with meetings and professional exchange program.
Become a Professional Resource.
If you are an expert in a field that relates to study of our delegations, you may meet with visitors to discuss your knowledge and experiences.
Become an International Visitor Cultural Guide.
On weekend and holidays you can serve as a guide and accompany visitors in the discovery of the rich history, culture in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the vicinities.
Become a Cultural Event Host.
If you are a local ethnic group and would like to invite a delegation for a reception or a special event, please notify our office.