World Chicago


Schools out!  Let the Learning Continue; host a student from Mexico or Iraq and experience cultural exchange the whole family can enjoy! 

For families:  

Host families are invited to participate in fun cultural and community activities such as a Chicago White Sox game, visits to the Willis Tower and Millennium Park, and volunteering for the Chicago Park District. When space allows, teenage host siblings are also eligible to participate in program activities ranging from Pilsen mural tours and peace trainings to scavenger hunts and community sports games. 
As a homestay host you take on a special role as a cultural ambassador, with a unique opportunity to share our American culture and at the same time learn about another.  For the families who have hosted a student the experience has been immensely rewarding.

  • Host a highly-motivated student who could serve as a role model for your kids. 
  • Forge life long friendships.
  • Become a tourist in your own town.
  • Connect to the world. 
We still need several host families for our students from Mexico and just one more host family for an Iraqi student.

Mexico Jvenes en Acci�n: Education & Drop-out Prevention

July 20-August 1

Contact Shanti Freitas at or (312) 254-1800 x107. 

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange: Peace Building Through Sports & The Arts  

July 20-3


Contact Maria Krasinski at or (312) 254-1800 x102.

Upcoming Hosting Opportunities


WorldChicago seeks homestay hosts for a number of professional and youth international exchange programs this summer. Delegates participate in meetings and scheduled activities from approximately 9am to 5pm on weekdays, with most evenings and weekends free to spend with host families.



Professional Programs

Community Connections: Kazakhstan 

July 27-August 15 

WorldChicago seeks homestay hosts for a delegation of ten exploring the topic of HIV awareness.The delegates will be here three weeks for professional meetings about HIV awareness.You can host Nurali who is with the Association of Legal Entities "Kazakhstan Union of People Living with HIV," or Gulzhakhan, who is with the Prevention and Treatment Department, Almaty Center for AIDS Prevention and Control. Stipend available; if interested, please contact Donna Sadlicki at or (312) 254-1800 x 104.  

Youth Programs (Ages 15-19)

Here just a few of the many students your family could host:   


Mexico Jvenes en Acci�n: Education & Drop-out Prevention

July 20-August 1

Our Mexican students include a participant who tutors in her school, participates in community reforestation service projects, and loves soccer, and a participant who is involved in the recycling program and the young entrepreneurship club at her school, and likes to sing and paint. If interested please contact Shanti Freitas at or (312) 254-1800 x107. 


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange: Peace Building Through Sports & The Arts

(a joint program for Iraqi and American youth)

July 20-31

1 more homestay host needed!  Host a 16-year old male from Karbolaa, Iraq who enjoys sports, graphic design, and philosophy and describes himself as a learner eager to develop his English skills. If interested, please contact maria Krasinski at or (312) 254 -1800 x102. 



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

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

This U.S. Department of State program identifies and selects emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to visit 3-5 cities in the U.S. over a three-week period. Visitors meet their professional counterparts, explore thematic interest areas, and experience American professional and cultural life firsthand. These visitors stay in hotels.

Upcoming IVLP delegations visiting Chicago:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo - International Security - June 26 - July 1 
  • Russian Language Regional Project - Library Science - June 26 - July 2
  • Belgium - International Trade - July 11-16

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


Please join WorldChicago in supporting Citizen Diplomacy in our great city through your support of our upcoming silent auction to take place online from August 1 to September 15, 2013.


Online visibility is beneficial, so utilize this opportunity to market your goods and services to a wide audience, local and global! 

  • Looking to market your new business?  Donate a certificate for complimentary services.
  • Have you published a book?  Donate an autographed copy.
  • Did your restaurant or hotel just open?  Donate a certificate and get the word out!
  • Are you a musician? Donate an autographed copy of your latest CD.

The auction is a major fundraiser for WorldChicago, with proceeds supporting our non-profit organization and programs of Citizen Diplomacy.  We respectfully request your support of this auction through a donation. Your tax-deductible contribution will be acknowledged online and your company's name will be prominently displayed with the auction item on the website.


For more information and/or to make a donation, please contact Abbey Jennings at
 (312) 254-1800 x103.  



WorldChicago Young Internationals Event 

"Downtown Sound with Citizen Diplomats"


Monday, July 15, 2013

6:30 pm

Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60602


Join WorldChicago members, visitors, and friends for an informal evening of free music in Millennium Park featuring Malian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara. We'll be joined by young professionals from Hostelling International, as well as some of our visiting scientists from Spain participating in a teacher training program at Roosevelt University. We'll reserve a space on the lawn with some refreshments, but feel free to bring a blanket and snacks to share!


Born in Cote d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Fatoumata Diawara now lives in France. Her music fuses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition. The Telegraph calls her "the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time." Scottish artist Alasdair Roberts & Friends opens.

Free. Weather permitting.


For more information, please contact Abbey Jennings at or (312) 254-1800 x103 

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations Series
"Discover Kazakhstan"

Friday, August 9, 2013 
12:00 - 1:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street

5th Floor Millennium Park Room 

Chicago, IL 60602


WorldChicago will host a public forum for ten delegates from the Kazakhstan coming to Chicago on the Open World program through the Library of Congress. Kazakhstan borders Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan, and China, and is the ninth largest country in the world. Kazakhstan has a population of 16.6 million, representing 131 ethnicities including Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Uzbek, Tatar, and Uyghur.  It was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  
All delegates have extensive professional experience in the healthcare industry in Kazakhstan. At this forum, delegates will discuss their culture and highlight topics such as the state of healthcare practices and innovations in Kazakhstan.  
Click here to learn more about Kazakhstan.

Q & A to follow. Refreshments will be provided.


Members: Free

Contact Abbey Jennings at or (312) 254-1800x103 to register.


Susan M Roman Veterinary Scholarship Award Dinner OCSA logo

Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm 

The Signature Room at the 95th

875 North Michigan Avenue


Join the leadership of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association as three promising veterinary students are awarded the first ever scholarships named in honor of the late co-founder Susan M. Roman by legendary Chicago 

veterinarian Dr. Sheldon Rubin.


Guests will "Fight Ovarian Cancer with Animal Passion" as they enjoy music by Yoko Noge and her Jazz Me Blues Band and a premium 3 course dinner from the restaurant that Chicago looks up to!


Register here


For more information please visit the OCSA Website or call Vallie Szymanski at 

(312) 280- 0457.  


Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Abbey Jennings, Director of Outreach
(312) 254-1800 x103