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WorldChicago seeks homestay hosts for youth leaders (ages 15-18) from Iraq, Mexico and the UK coming to Chicago!


Get to know Iraqi geography - host youth delegates from Baghdad, Basrah, Erbil, Najaf and Sulaymania.   


Practice your Arabic with... 


Abdulhameed, from Basrah, is a 16 year old boy who likes all foods, especially pizza, but not eggplant. He loves soccer and ping pong and says he is an open-minded and out-going person.



Rand, from Baghdad, is a 16 year old girl, who loves burgers and all fast food.  She loves tennis, cycling and skating.  She is eager to share her life and culture in Iraq with her homestay family in Chicago!




Sara, from Najaf, is a 17 year old girl, from Iraq, who likes pizza and loves photography.  She wants her host family to know that she is calm, loving, and caring and is eager to share more about herself.


Don't worry though if you don't speak Arabic or Spanish; all of the youth delegates are fluent in English!


To find out more about all of these hosting opportunities, link here.



WorldChicago would like to extend a big thank you to The Honeycomb Project for announcing our homestay host opportunities in their newsletter! Get to know The Honeycomb Project, a wonderful

nonprofit organization in Chicago that creates and manages meaningful volunteer projects for parents to enjoy with their kids. Have fun, feel good and make a difference - together.  Visit for more information!     


If you know of any other organizations that might be interested in promoting our homestay host opportunities, please let us know!  Contact Amy Krzyzek at (312) 254-1800 x102 or  Thank you for helping us to spread the word about these unique and fun opportunities!

Summer 2012 Youth Leadership Programs


Description: This summer, WorldChicago is recruiting up to 40 Chicago-area host families for 1-2 week youth leadership programs in July and August.  The youth, who speak English fluently, have been selected from a pool of thousands to be young ambassadors for their country. Join us in welcoming them for a very memorable summer in Chicago!


United Kingdom Youth Dialogue Program

Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 20 

12 youth and 2 adult chaperones from London will be in Chicago to explore intercultural dialogue. To learn more, please contact John Baum at  or 312-254-1800 x 100.


Mexico J�venes en Acci�n Program

Friday, July 20 - Saturday, August 4

13 youth from multiple cities in Mexico will visit to Chicago to learn about strategies to combat gang violence. To learn more, please contact Amy Krzyzek at or 312-254-1800 x 102.


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, August 3

8 Iraqi youth, 4 U.S. youth (from Vermont and Montana), and 1 Iraqi adult chaperone will visit Chicago to explore civic activism and leadership development. To learn more, please contact Anita Daniel at 312-254-1800 x 107.


What we need: Host families provide a bed (can be a shared room) and most breakfasts and dinners, while WorldChicago provides daily activities, lunches, phones, and transportation passes.



Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine 


Chicago Dates: August 2012 - June 2013 (exact dates TBD)

Semester opportunities available too!


Description: WorldChicago is excited to place 5 FLEX Program students in Chicago-area homes for the upcoming academic year!  The Future Leaders Exchange Program provides an opportunity for high school students from Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to experience life as a student in the United States. These young people live with host families, attend local schools, engage in volunteer work, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures. FLEX students are among the very best and brightest in their countries and are fluent in English.


Host Manas, 17, from Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan who has a broad range of interests, including horseback riding, cooking, soccer, aikido, modern dance, American pop music, and mystery novels.


Host Polina, 15, from Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, an aspiring doctor whose hobbies include gymnastics, reading, cooking, photography, and exploring nature.


Host Olga, 16, from Ozersk, Russia who plays the accordion and electronic piano and who wants to improve her English skills so she may someday be a translator.


To find out more, link here


Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the traditions and worldviews of these youth ambassadors! If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Amy at or 312-254-1800 x 102.

WorldChicago- Shanghai Economic Management College Manager Fellowships 


Chicago Dates: Septmeber-December, 2012 (exact dates TBD)


Description:  Eight professionals from Shanghai, China will participate in a Manager Fellowship, or internship program, with Chicago-area businesses coordinated by WorldChicago, in cooperation with the Shanghai Economic Management College and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the Shanghai Municipal Government. Following two successful internship programs in 2011 and 2010, these internships offer the opportunity to establish business relationships between Chicago and Shanghai companies. 


WorldChicago seeks internship hosts for this year's program in the fields of human resources and real estate.  If interested in hosting a fellow in your place of business, please contact Lexy Gore at (312) 254-1800 x103 or

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.    


If you are interested in meeting with these visitors professionally and/or socially for meals in your home, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or to request these opportunities (please note that not all requests may be met due to scheduling conflicts and programming goals).  Priority for meal hosting is given to current WorldChicago members.        

  • Morocco - Role of Journalism-July 4-7 4th of July meal hospitality requested for 4 journalists.  Globalize your holiday picnic and invite our visitors to join you!  If interested, contact Anita Daniel at (312) 254-1800 x107 or   
  • Regional Project - Middle East Arts Management-July 10-14
  • Iraq-Media Management- July 11 to 14 In-home meal hospitality requested for 3 media professionals for the evening of Thursday, July 12If interested, please contact Anita Daniel at (312) 254-1800 x107 or  
  • Azerbaijan - Museum Management- July 15- 18
  • Regional Project - Western Hemisphere Government Accountability- July 17-21
  • Czech Republic- Cultural Preservation- July 21-25 In-home meal hospitality requested for one delegate, a Cultural Heritage Professional at UNESCO, for the evening of Monday, July 23.  If interested, contact Lexy Gore at (312) 254-1800 x103 or     

WorldChicago London Olympics  

Opening Ceremonies Party

In partnership with the International Trade Club of Chicago


Friday, July 27, 2012
Dave and Buster's
1030 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60610

Join us as we celebrate the start of the Olympic Games!  The festivities include a buffet dinner, cash bar, trivia games & prizes, and lots of socializing. We will enjoy our party in a private banquet room with a huge TV screen airing the Opening Ceremony (for those interested in quiet viewing) and in a separate bar space (for those who want prefer to view and brew).

Bring your friends; join us for this fun party as we commemorate this global celebration!

Cost: $30.00 per person; cash bar

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series  

"Building on the Future of Iraq - Perspectives from Youth Leadership Participants"   


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

8:30 - 9:30 am

Chicago Cultural Center

Garland Room, 1st Floor

78 E. Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602  


WorldChicago will host a public forum for a delegation of teens on the U.S. Department of State sponsored Iraqi-US Young Leaders Program.  Participants will spend a week in Chicago living with homestay families and exploring the themes of volunteerism, citizenship, democracy, and cross-cultural friendship and understanding.  Based on their experiences in Chicago, come hear how they will use what they have learned to effect change in their communities.  Q & A to follow.   


Continental breakfast will be provided.


Non-member Registration: $10 per person


WorldChicago members, free

Members, contact Lexy Gore to register at (312) 254-1800 x103 or 



Eye on India Festival - Chicago 

July 12-July 22, 2012

Various venues  


Eye on India features a wonderful mix of literary discussions, musical performances, dance recitals and workshops. Meet the Bollywood movie icon Sharmila Tagore in-conversation, be part of India-America in conversation with eminent authors and media personalities and dance to Indian fusion music.  For more information & tickets visit



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Lexy Gore, Director of Events & Outreach