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


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


Practice your Arabic with... 


Jengiz is a 17 year old boy from Erbil who loves playing sports (soccer, basketball, baseball) and eating pizza, spaghetti, and barbecue. He wants his host family to know that he is a fun, nice guy with no bad habits and no allergies to pets.


Practice your Spanish with...


Ayumi is a 17 year old girl from Puebla, Mexico. She enjoys music, swimming and taking long walks.  She has learned the values of service and solidarity through her family's Japanese heritage.


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.


Summer 2012 Youth Leadership Programs


Description: This summer, WorldChicago is recruiting 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!


4 female participants still to place!  

Mexico J�venes en Acci�n Program

Friday, July 20 - Saturday, August 4

14 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 or 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, Russia, Ukraine  





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

Semester opportunities available too!




Description: WorldChicago needs your help!  We are seeking school and host family placements for 3 more students from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine. These students arrive in August to live in the Chicagoland for an academic year through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. FLEX is the U.S. Department of State's flagship youth exchange, with a 20-year legacy of promoting understanding between the U.S. and Eurasia.


What makes FLEX students unique?

  • Students are carefully selected from a pool of 47,000 applicants across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
  • Students are fluent in English. 
  • Students demonstrate excellence in character, community service, and academics.
  • As alumni, students become leaders in their communities and countries.

Help us provide these exchange students with a meaningful academic year in Chicago!  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Amy at or 312-254-1800 x 102.


To find out more, link here.  


WorldChicago- Shanghai Economic Management College Professional Fellowships 


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


Does your company already do work in China or are you hoping to do work in China in the future?  If so, consider hosting a manager-level professional from Shanghai in your company!  Your employees will gain a better understanding of Chinese business practices and build a relationship with a Chinese industry professional without actually traveling to China!

Description:  Eight manager level professionals from Shanghai, China will participate in a Professional Fellowship Program, 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 fellowship programs in 2011 and 2010, these experiences offer the opportunity to establish business relationships between Chicago and Shanghai companies. 


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

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.          

  • Iraq-Media Management- July 11 to 14 THIS THURSDAY! In-home meal hospitality requested for 4 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     
  • Russia- U.S. Political System-July 22-25 In-home meal hospitality requested for 5 media professionals for the evening of Monday, July 23.  If interested, please contact Peggy Parfenoff at (312) 254-1800 x101 or  
  • Ukraine - Civil Society - July 25-28.  In-home meal hospitality requested for 6 delegates for the evening of Thursday, July 26.  If interested, please contact John Baum at (312) 254-1800 x100 or     

WorldChicago London Olympics  

Opening Ceremonies Party

In partnership with the International Trade Club of Chicago and the American Women for International Understanding - Chicago Chapter 


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 



Please join WorldChicago in supporting Citizen Diplomacy in our great city through your support of our upcoming online auction to take place from July 27 to September 16, 2012. Online visibility is great, so utilize this opportunity to market your goods and services to a wide audience, local and worldwide! 

  • 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!

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 Lexy Gore at or (312) 254-1800 x103.   


Stay tuned for the announcement of our Auction Opening on July 27th! 


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


Support Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago Today! 

Lexy Gore, Director of Events & Outreach