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April Homestay Hosting Opportunities

WorldChicago is actively seeking homestay hosts for a number of U.S. Department of State sponsored international exchange programs in April.   


Coming Soon!

Legislative Fellows Program - Eastern Europe - April 4 to May 8, 2013 - Host Andriy, a disability rights leader and jazz musician from Russia with visual impairment who will complete his fellowship at Chicago Lighthouse. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Michigan State University. 


Community Connections Program - Belarus - April 10 to May 1, 2013 - Host Volha, a human rights lawyer who enjoys enjoys museums, parks and cooking.  Host Tatsiana, a public policy official and a practicing Buddhist who enjoys car trips, horseback riding, cycling and swimming.  


Legislative Fellows Program - South Central Asia - April 14 to May 8, 2013 - Host Golam, a Member of Parliament from Bangladesh, interested in social development and the role of media.  Host Rahul, a State President for the Indian Youth Congress from India, interested in youth & politics and women's and disability rights. 


Open World Leadership Program - Turkmenistan - April 24 to May 2, 2013 - Host two transportation infrastructure development professionals from Turkmenistan.


Empower Access Fellows Program - South & Central Asia - April 26 to May 21, 2013 - Host Fahad, a disability rights advocate from Pakistan, who will complete his fellowship in the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. Fahad uses a wheelchair, and his interests include cricket, traveling, music, meeting new people, and trying delicious foods.  


Host Parkhat, a disability rights leader with visual impairment, who conducts leadership training for youth with visual impairment in Kazakhstan. He studied at Indiana University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He enjoys traveling, chess, languages, and sports adapted for persons with visual impairment.


More information here and/or by contacting Maria Krasinski at or (312) 254-1800 x102.   


Thank you! 

WorldChicago Spring Diplomacy Luncheon Fundraiser

"Sports & Citizen Diplomacy"

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603


Keynote Speaker

Mr. Lester Munson, WorldChicago Hospitality Host and   

Writer and Reporter, and ESPN; Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism


Lester Munson is a writer and reporter at and ESPN who specializes in legal affairs and investigations. For 23 years, he has reported on money, celebrity, violence, sex, drugs, race, gender, greed, litigation, court decisions and government actions in the sports industry. His recent assignments include the National Hockey League lockout; the concussion crisis in the National Football League; the bounty scandal in the NFL; the Penn State scandals; and, the steroids investigations and trials of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Lance Armstrong. From 1991 to 2004, he was on the staff of Sports Illustrated. He appears frequently on National Public Radio and WTTW, the Chicago affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System. He has received several awards in journalism, and his work has appeared in the series, "Best American Sportswriting." He is an adjunct instructor at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Princeton University and The University of Chicago Law School. His wife, Judith, is the executive director of the International Collaborative for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and has devoted her legal career to public health issues on the local, state, federal, and international levels. Lester and Judith live in Chicago and are WorldChicago hospitality hosts. 

Individual Tickets: $125 


Sponsorships Opportunities
Gold Sponsor: $5,000
Silver Sponsor: $2,500
Bronze Sponsor: $1,800




Silver Sponsors


Mr. George Drost and
DKMO Small




Bronze Sponsor


The Boeing Company 




Questions? Please contact Lexy Gore at or 312-254-1800 x103.

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series

"Transport Yourselves to Turkmenistan"

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 

Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor, Millennium Park Room, Chicago, IL 60602


WorldChicago will host a public forum for 4 delegates from Turkmenistan coming to Chicago on the Open World Program through the Library of Congress.  They are all working in the field of transportation in Turkmenistan, and coming to study transportation management in the urban context of Chicago. In this forum, they will share a background of the transportation system in Turkmenistan, highlighting the opportunities and challenges they face in relation to improving the efficiency and integration of various forms of transportation in urban and rural areas. Q & A to follow. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Cost: WorldChicago members, free; Contact Lexy Gore at or (312) 254-1800 x103 to register. 

Non-member Registration:$10.00


April Homestay Hosting Opportunities

WorldChicago is actively seeking homestay hosts for a number of U.S. Department of State sponsored international exchange programs in April.  We will have a total of 28 program participants in Chicago this April that will be staying with homestay hosts as part of their cultural immersion experience!


Would you be interested in hosting an emerging international public policy official this April in your home?  We are especially looking for the WorldChicago community to help us find homestay hosts for some of our participants who require accessible accommodations due to physical disabilities.   


The professional program participants are in meetings or internships all day during the week, spending time with host families primarily during evenings and weekends. Varying levels of homestay stipends are available for all programs and most program participants are fluent in English.


For more information, please refer to the top section of this newsletter.  


If interested in more detailed information on any of the programs, please contact Maria Krasinski at or (312) 254-1800x102.

Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to our springtime visitors!

International Visitor Leadership Program:

Description: This U.S. Department of State program identifies foreign leaders in a variety of fields to visit the U.S. for 3 weeks (visiting 3-5 cities) to meet their professional counterparts, explore their thematic interest area(s), and experience America firsthand. These visitors stay in hotels.

This is a list of upcoming international delegations visiting Chicago through the International Visitor Leadership Program. 

  • France - Agriculture- March 28- April 2
  • Saudi Arabia - Religious Education - April 5-6 
  • Africa Regional Project - US Judicial System - April 10 - 14
  • United Kingdom - Aviation - April 16 - 20
  • Turkey - Medical Education - April 21 - 23

If interested in learning more about any of these programs, please contact John Baum at or (312) 254-1800 x100. 

Join WorldChicago at WBEZ's Global Activism Expo
Saturday, April 6, 2013 from noon - 6:00pm
UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago

Look for WorldChicago's exhibit table there!


Eat, drink, dance and learn at WBEZ's Global Activism Expo where you can explore what activists are doing in Chicago to make an impact across the world, and have an opportunity to join in. In its sixth year, the event aims to be bigger, more interactive and provide more opportunities to positively change the world.


The Expo is free, but your RSVP is strongly encouraged - you can RSVP and get more details here:


Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Lexy Gore, Associate Director - Outreach