2016 Membership
Thank you!
Thank you so much for your support of International Focus! Your support has allowed us to continue to provide programs with international delegations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. Visitors, who are international emerging leaders, both professionals and youth, were able to engage in stimulating meetings, job-shadowing, site and classroom visits, volunteer opportunities, workshops and plenty of cultural activities from arts performances, visits to museums to sporting events and local festivals. Visitors interacted with their local counterparts in stimulating learning experiences, team-building, and leadership skills.
 
At International Focus our efforts are geared to achieve mutual understandings in our community locally and around the world. By cultivating awareness, appreciation, and friendships we thrive to create a better world. We also hope you can help us in our diverse activities to build bridges. Your donations are tax deductible and go to facilitating our exchange programs, educational and international networking events, and to our annual celebration of our signature International Festival of Raleigh.

With warm regards,

Leila Bekri
Director
International Visitor Leadership Program

2015 In Review
Thanks to your many contributions we were able to:
* Host the 30th Annual International Festival of Raleigh, which celebrated art and international cultures with over 20,000 visitors, 65 ethnic groups, and 600 volunteers.

*Host over 270 international leaders who return home with enriched skills and a better understanding of American people, culture, government, and business.
To mention a few:
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists; NEAR EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
Grassroots Democracy and Midterm Elections in the U.S; AFRICA
Pluralism in the Political Process; WESTERN HEMISHEPRE
Innovation through Venture Capital Funding; JAPAN
Entrepreneurship and Cultivating Business Growth; ARGENTINA
Textbook and Curriculum Development in the United States; AZERBAIJAN
Green Technologies, Alternative Energies and Energy Efficiency; FRANCE
Strengthening Public Policy Analysis in Parliament; SERBIA
International Trade in a Changing Global Economic Landscape; MULTI-REGIONAL
NGO Management and Leadership, MULTI-REGIONAL
Higher Education System in the U.S.; URUGAY
Governance and Anti-Corruption Efforts; KYRGYZSTAN
Cracking Down on Financial Crimes; MOLDOVA
Women in Science and technology; KYRGYZSTAN
Social Entrepreneurship Development; BELARUS
Social Justice; IRAQI
Legal System; MONGOLIA
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; EUROPEAN Parliament Staff Members
Innovation in Higher Education: Linking US and Colombian Universities; COLOMBIA
 
*Program over 40 international exchange projects (IVLP, Community Connections, and Open World).
Over 350 Professional meetings
Over 100 Home Hospitality
Over 40 Homestay
 
*Plan community events including forums, socials, presentations, and IF newest signature "Coffee and Conversation with Emerging Leaders".
Monthly Citizen Diplomacy Series
Monthly Coffee & Conversation with Emerging Leaders
Spring Membership Social
Christmas Membership Social
 
*Create internships for 10 college students as well as assist them in job searching and graduate school enrollment.

*Create lasting friendships between families in the greater Triangle area and visitors from all over the world.
Become a Member Today!
We appreciate your membership with International Focus, and we ask that you take the time now to renew your involvement with our future programs and events.
As a member of International Focus, you will receive these benefits:
  • IF monthly e-newsletter with alerts to hosting opportunities.
  • Special invitations to membership socials with foreign dignitaries.
  • Invitations to thought-provoking presentations by foreign dignitaries and experts in various fields.
  • Monthly network with globally-minded people who share a passion for international issues, cultures and citizen diplomacy.
  • Opportunities to host distinguished international leaders in your home for dinner and or homestay to provide a closer look at American culture while simultaneously establishing a meaningful contact overseas.
  • Recognition for partnering organizations in promotional material including IF newsletter, webpage.
  • Free or discounted admission to IF special events.
 
We also welcome donations above and beyond the membership rates to help us further achieve our mission!
Payment
Please mail your check by May 30, 2016 to: International Focus, 3700 National Drive, Suite 214, Raleigh NC 27609.

Or visit directly:   http://www.internationalfocusnc.org/get-involved/become-a-member/membership-form to pay on line by credit card using PayPal.
International Focus 
3700 National Drive, Suite 214, Raleigh, NC 27612
lbekri@internationalfocusnc.org