Welcome to Global Ties KC!
We are an independent non-profit volunteer service organization whose purpose is to improve global understanding and make peace through exchange programs between international leaders and their American counterparts in Kansas and Western Missouri. Global Ties KC promotes citizen diplomacy by person-to-person contacts to help shape United States foreign relations "one handshake at a time."
What We Do
Global Ties KC provides the link between prominent international leaders (including business, government, and non-profit professionals) and their local counterparts. Through professional meetings, school visits, events, and home hospitality we connect people from around the world with Citizen Diplomats in western Missouri and the state of Kansas.
In 2015, Global Ties KC hosted 42 programs, bringing over 250 visitors from 100 different countries to Kansas City.
Types of programs include:
International Visitor Leadership Program: a program funded by the Department of State in hopes of promoting foreign policy through face-to-face interaction. The delegates visit many cities in the United States during their time here, and are in Kansas City for approximately 3-5 days.
Open World: a program funded by Congress in pursuit of bettering relationships between the former Soviet Union and the United States since 1999. Visitors on this program spend between one and two weeks in Kansas City, living with host families.
Youth Programs: exchange programs aimed at empowering youth throughout the world by providing them with the skills needed to be leaders. These programs require a home stay, and Global Ties KC is always looking for interested community members!
Community Connections: sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development which targets Eurasian countries in hopes of establishing international collaboration.
Global Ties KC to Host Presidential Initiative
From October 8th – November 7th, 2016, 250 professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will participate in a 4-week leadership and entrepreneurial fellowship at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S. This program, the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI), is a presidential initiative. Each mutually-beneficial fellowship placement will strengthen ties throughout the region and contribute to a new entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Americas. 10 of these fellows will be hosted by local businesses and organizations in Kansas City.
Meet our Fellows! Stayed tuned for opportunities to engage with these beautiful people!
Share Your Global Ties KC Story!
At Global Ties KC, we are making a concentrated effort to gather and share the experiences that result from person to person diplomacy in Kansas City. Whether you are an international visitor, someone who has met with a delegate professionally, a home hospitality host, or anyone who been in some way impacted by our international programs, we want to hear your story!
TO Share pictures and videos,