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WorldBoston is pleased to host an upcoming International Visitor multi-regional delegation on how NGOs promote women's issues. They have requested home hospitality during their visit to Boston: 
Saturday, July 23  
Sunday, July 24
25 guests - English-speaking
(will split into groups 
as needed) 
Home hospitality entails hosting international visitors for a lunch or dinner in your home (not for an overnight stay) and provides a crucial cultural component to their understanding of homes and families in our community.

If you are interested, please contact Sarah Sibley 
at ssibley@worldboston.org 
or 617-542-8995.
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Dear Friends,

After a beautiful Fourth of July weekend, summer means high season for Citizen Diplomacy visitors at WorldBoston.  On the Global Education side of our house, we host one of our much-loved happy hours on July 27

Of particular note among our many visitor groups this summer, we host an International Visitor Leadership Program joint Israeli-Palestinian delegation, in Boston to study teaching English as a foreign language. Five visitors from Israel and five from the Palestinian Territories will travel to three U.S. cities to examine best practices in ESOL education and to connect with education policy makers at national, state, and local levels.

There is also an opportunity for you to be a dinner diplomat this month! We are seeking hosts for an upcoming multi-regional delegation exploring how NGOs promote women's rights. Check out the sidebar for more information!

Here in the WorldBoston office, at the end of June we bid very fond farewell, with much gratitude, to our excellent Northeastern coops Vieno Carter and Alex Esco.

This month we welcome to WorldBoston Northeastern coop student Megan Sergison, Williams College intern Rachel Clemens and Colgate University intern Siena Frost.  We also look forward to the return of Preeya Guiser-George, a Northeastern student, as a program coordinator in Citizen Diplomacy.

The entire WorldBoston team wishes you an enjoyable summer. We hope to see you soon!


Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Upcoming Global Education Programs

Admission: Free
Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available

Featured Guests: A WorldBoston professional exchange of British officials examining volunteerism among youth inU.S. civil society. Representatives from the British Parliament and various NGOs across the UK will meet their U.S. counterparts during this exchange. 

This special fee-for-service program is organized directly with the U.S. Embassy in London, and sister Global Ties affiliates Global Ties Miami and Global Ties U.S. Let us know if you need assistance planning visitor groups to Boston!

WorldBoston Recommends
Nelson Mandela Day at the Massachusetts State House

Monday, July 18
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Massachusetts State House
Great Hall of Flags

This year, Bridgewater State University is hosting the  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders . Learn more about this inspiring program and  view the official invitation here .


Sponsored by:
Bridgewater State University, Cambridge College, South Africa Partners, Sen. Jason Lewis, and Rep. Byron Rushing

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs: Virtual Graduate School Fair

Thursday, July 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thinking about grad school? Searching for an international career in the private, public, or non-governmental sector?

Whether you've just started your search or have a shortlist in mind, representatives of APSIA's top international affairs and public policy graduate schools can help you navigate the admissions process. 

Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors

Regional: The Social Media Generation
July 16-20

A group of twelve representatives from North Africa and the Near East will discuss the transition of traditional media to online forums, free speech on social media, and how it can be used to promote nonprofits and government agencies. They will engage with Google Boston, Boston University's Emerging Media Studies and Communications Research departments, and the Boston channel of NPR.
United Kingdom: The U.S. Legislative Process
July 17-19

A delegation of eight members of Parliament will come to Boston to gain insight into current domestic and foreign policy goals and to better understand the U.S. political system as well as initiatives for economic development. They will meet several faculty members from Harvard University specializing in politics and governance, and members of the state, local, and national government. 
Multi-Regional: The Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women's Issues
July 21-26

Twenty-six women from all over the world will gather in Boston to focus on strategies for empowering women in society and combating gender-based violence. They will meet with NGOs and government agencies focused on the promotion of women socially, economically, and politically.

United Kingdom: Veteran Recovery and Disaster Relief 
July 20-23

One visitor is visiting Boston to see firsthand U.S. efforts to treat and empower veterans at the government and nonprofit levels. He will meet with various government and nonprofit resources based in Boston.
Regional: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
July 21-24

Five Israeli and five Palestinian teachers will explore the development of the English language in the United States and the best practices for teaching it. They will meet with representatives from the Office of English Language Learners for the Boston Public Schools, and a nonprofit which works with teenagers who are newly immigrated to Boston, among others. 
United Kingdom: Youth and Volunteerism
July 27-30

Ten professionals and community leaders will visit Boston to learn about the promotion of volunteerism and social action in the U.S. They will meet with organizations focused on promoting volunteering in disadvantaged schools and social responsibility, and participate in volunteering activities in Boston.
Regional: Countering Violent Extremism in Youth
July 26-30

Ten representatives from various African nations will come to Boston in order to understand the underlying conditions which foster violent extremism in youth, and government and community-based efforts to combat them. They will meet with the Boston branch of the FBI to discuss terrorism prevention, and will visit the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center.
The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston's main citizen diplomacy partner. Launced in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs adminsters the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agences, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., known as Centers for International Visitors (CIVs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CIV members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activies, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CIVs in 45 states.