Oct
22
to Oct 26

Belarus: Transparency & Accountability

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Five visitors from Belarus will examine the decentralized and self-regulating nature of U.S. federalism and how it promotes transparency at all levels of government. They will explore the active role of citizens, media, and civil society in fostering transparency and accountability in government. 

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Oct
29
to Nov 1

Paraguay: Internationalization of Paraguayan Universities

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Eight education professionals will visit Kansas City to explore successful internationalization initiatives at higher education institutions. They will develop stronger partnerships that lead to more Paraguayan students choosing U.S. schools for degree study and increase the amount of research and teaching between Paraguay and the U.S. 

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Nov
4
to Nov 8

Investigative Journalism

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Visitors from Brunei, Cyprus, Mexico, Namibia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, and Tunisia will examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States. More specifically, they will learn about the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society as they raise awareness of issues of social concern on illegal, irregular, or abusive action on behalf of government, politicians, criminals, or corporations. 

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Nov
5
to Nov 8

Improving Parkistan's Ease of Doing Business

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Eight visitors from Pakistan from a variety of federal and economic backgrounds will visit Kansas City to learn about work with customs and taxation regulations. They will examine the best methods of attracting business to a region and what the government can do to make investing more attractive. 

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Nov
21
to Nov 28

Bangladesh: Addressing Forced Marriage and Gender Based Violence

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Five visitors from Bangladesh will spend the holidays in Kansas City to visit local non-profits and government entities. They will learn about resources provided to victims of gender based violence as well as legal aid offered. These delegates will have the opportunity to experience a Thanksgiving meal with home hospitality hosts. 

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Dec
4
to Dec 7

Vietnam: Smart Cities

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Delegates from Vietnam will learn about Kansas City's Smart City Initiative and how its local government has made it one of the world's most connect cities. They will learn about community participation and partnerships and how leadership has enabled Kansas City to spearhead city-wide innovation and digital connection. 

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Dec
10
to Dec 13

Trading Blocs

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This project will bring together working level staff from Africa's regional economic organizations, professionals from national trade ministries, investment promotion agencies and customs services as well as large scale business leaders from the trading bloc membership countries. They will review the best practices in facilitating the flow of goods, supporting regional integration and implementation of trade agreements in the U.S. 

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Oct
8
to Oct 11

Energy Security: Fostering Clean, Productive, and Interconnected Economies

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Delegates from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, and Serbia will be making their way through the Midwest to learn about U.S. energy policy, alternative energy sources, infrastructure, and effective strategies for ensuring energy security. They will visit wind farms, meet with local activists, and more. 

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Sep
20
to Sep 23

Argentina: Labor Relations in the U.S.

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Six delegates from Argentina have been invited to the United States and Kansas City to examine the impact of the U.S. labor movement on domestic and international economic, labor and trade policies. These professionals will also observe the role of U.S. organized labor in the political, economic, and social systems at the federal, state and local level. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity. 

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Sep
17
to Sep 20

Poland: Trends in the U.S. Higher Education System

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One delegate from Poland will visit Kansas City to learn about the U.S. higher education system. She will visit various universities in the Kansas City metropolitan area to examine how these institutions manage administration, accreditation, endowments, financial assistance, student support services, advising, and international exchange programs. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity. 

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Sep
13
to Sep 16

Nepal: Cultural Heritage Preservation

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These seven delegates from Nepal will be traveling across the United States and making a stop in Kansas City to learn about state-of-the-art museums. While in Kansas City, they will examine the best practices of operating and managing a museum and important heritage sites. They will also learn about practices in emergency preparedness of museums. 

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Sep
13
to Sep 16

Russia: Religious Leaders as Social Workers

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Five Russian and one Belarusian community and religious leaders will meet with local non profits, shelters, advocacy services, and churches in Kansas City to examine strategies for outreach to religious and non-religious individuals. They will study the role of U.S. faith leaders as community advocates and opinion-shapers. 

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Aug
3
to Aug 8

The Role of NGOs in Promoting Women's Issues

Professionals from Haiti, India, Liberia, Moldova, Thailand, and Tunisia will explore the intersectionality of the challenges facing women, both on a national and international level, focusing on the work of NGOs addressing the empowerment of women. They will examine approaches to advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and sustainability by meeting with government, business, religious organizations, nonprofits, and academic entities. A home hospitality visit will also be organized. 

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Jul
27
to Aug 1

Brazil: Fostering Infrastructure Development

Delegates from Brazil will visit the United States to learn about design and finance programs to construct new infrastructure projects and upgrade existing infrastructure across the country. They will focus on planning., development, and execution for railway, highway, waterway, and airport infrastructure projects. A home hospitality visit will also be organized. 

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Jul
23
to Jul 26

Kazakhstan: Improving Trade

Five delegates from Kazakhstan will identify the best practices in developing ideas and industries linked to trade, economic development, and attracting investment. They will explore how venture capitalists and entrepreneurs identify viable projects and see them to fruition.

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Jul
19
to Jul 22

U.S. - EUROPEAN SECURITY ISSUES

Security professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, and Poland will spend four days in Kansas City to examine the U.S. security policy-making process and perspectives on global issues. Through a variety of meetings, participants will explore specific security issues such as regional conflicts, weapons proliferation, energy security, homeland security, international terrorism, and the use of preventive diplomacy to address these challenges. A home hospitality visit will also be organized. 

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Jul
15
to Jul 19

WeAmericas Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Female entrepreneurs from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela will visit Kansas City to learn about the role of NGOs and grassroots organizations in supporting the development of women-owned businesses. Through a variety of meetings, this delegation of women entrepreneurs will examine the social, political, and economic factors that encourage the development of female entrepreneurship in the United States. 

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Jul
1
to Jul 5

Canada: Healing the Wounds of Trafficking

Professionals from Canada will spend four days in Kansas City in order to explore American counter trafficking organizations and their various methods of follow-up care for human trafficking survivors. The delegation will meet with law enforcement specialists, civil service employees, NGOs and disability advocacy groups. 

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Jun
28
to Jul 1

China: Law & Legal Issues in the U.S.

Legal professionals from China will visit Kansas City to examine judicial independence, the federal court system, and the structure of state and municipal courts. Through meetings with local organizations and professionals, they will develop an understanding of current legal trends in the United States.

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Jun
14
to Jun 20

Ukraine: U.S. Best Practices in Civil Protection

Emergency response professionals from Ukraine will meet with key officials in Kansas City, Salina, and Topeka to learn about U.S. practices in declaring and addressing emergency situations. They will also examine the partnership of law enforcement, first responders, and civil society organizations when addressing emergency situations.

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Jun
11
to Jun 15

Change Makers: Women in Social & Political Sectors

Women from the Czech Republic, Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, and Turkey will travel to Kansas City to learn about the U.S. political system and the participation of women leaders at the local, state, and national levels. They will meet with influential figures in the political sector as well as organizations that are shaping political dialogue.

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May
21
to May 24

Kazakhstan: Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture professionals and professors from Kazakhstan will meet with government and agriculture agencies at the end of May. Did you know that Kazakhstan's agriculture is very similar to that of Kansas and Missouri? Kazakhstan's largest crop is wheat and is the sixth largest wheat producer in the world. It also grows barley, cotton, sunflowers, and rice.

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Apr
26
to May 2

Towards a More Safe & Secure World: International Military & Security Issues

Military and Security officials from Argentina, Austria, Kenya, Macedonia, the Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, and Thailand will be traveling to Kansas City this April. These officials are part of a U.S. Department of State initiative which brings in more than 100 judicial, law enforcement, and security officials from 60 different countries.

This program provides an understanding of the American criminal justice system and the legal framework for combating a range of transnational crimes. Delegates will identify ways in which American policy makers and law enforcement agencies collaborate with global partners to counter transnational crimes and will address issues that uphold the security and civil liberties in a democratic society.

There will be a community event on Monday, May 1st where you can speak with these delegates. Get your tickets here.

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Apr
11
to Apr 15

Latin America: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development

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Delegates from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru will be in Kansas City to learn about efforts that help the growth of small businesses.

Delegates will visit universities and banks to gain a better understanding of entrepreneurial innovation, venture capital entities, and innovative financial tools. They will also have the opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs.

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Apr
6
to Apr 11

Broadcasting and Media

Delegates from Albania, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Mexico, China, and Poland will review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States. They will examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism as well as explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy.

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Apr
5
to Apr 8

Russia: Promoting Press Freedom

Delegates from Russia are invited to examine how journalism schools cultivate the values of media independence, objectivity, and freedom of speech. They will be exposed to journalism teaching models including distance learning and the use of social networks and case studies. Delegates will also explore the relationships between journalism schools and mass media organizations.

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Mar
29
to Apr 4

Women and Entrepreneurship

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The untapped potential of women is a lost opportunity for economic growth and development. This multi-regional project supports the strategic goal of enhancing economic development. This project will illustrate the impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy and explore the progress of women in participating more fully in the global economy.

The participants will explore private companies, business incubators, financial institutions, schools and mentorship institutions. Participants will discuss the social, economic and political factors that influence and encourage women as entrepreneurs and owners or managers of small, medium and large business decisions.

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Mar
19
to Mar 22

Our Planet: Regional Effects of Extreme Weather

Delegates from India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will examine the best practices in emergency preparedness, management, planning and coordination among federal, state, and local government and private sector organizations. They will be exposed to U.S. energy policy in the face of climate change and will investigate contingency plans for natural disasters occurring as a result of climate change.

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Mar
17
to Mar 25

Ukraine: Human Trafficking

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Delegates will meet with local non-profit and governmental agencies within the bi-state area to examine the cooperation between the US government and NGOs working to recognize and combat human trafficking.

The Greater Kansas City area is at an intersection of transportation and commerce, resulting in increased rates of persons being trafficked and exploited in this area. Programming will include time in the Greater Kansas City area, meeting with government and non-government entities, engaging in cultural activities, and staying with host families.

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Mar
15
to Mar 19

Bolivia: Teaching English as a Second Language

Ten Bolivian English-language teachers will participate in a one-week project focused on education policy, the classroom experience, and creative ideas for engaging young learners. They will enhance their understanding of American culture and history as context for the development of language and connect with fellow educators to discuss the challenges English language teachers encounter.

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Mar
12
to Mar 15

Canada: Environmental Sustainability & Crisis Management

The delegates from Canada encompass a variety of professional fields aimed at combatting climate change. These directors, engineers, and politicians will explore current climate change crisis management plans, will analyze cross-border networks, and will establish integrated strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on North American security.   

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Mar
1
to Mar 7

U.S. Agriculture and Food Safety

Delegates from a variety of global regions have been invited to Kansas City to examine U.S. policies and programs related to agriculture trade, food safety, and sustainable growth. During this time, they will explore how U.S. food commodities are regulated and marketed, from farm-to-table and for international export.

Additionally, delegates will assess how federal, regional, and local programs for agricultural research, inspection, trade promotion, and resource conservation help ensure U.S. agriculture competitiveness in the global market.

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Jan
25
to Jan 28

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

During this visit, individuals will examine the support entrepreneurs and small business receive from varying levels of government and the role of small businesses in driving economic development, locally and regionally. They will learn about education and training programs available to entrepreneurs and small business owners through academic institutions and other organizations. 

 

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Jan
19
to Jan 24

Uzbekistan: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

While in Kansas City, visitors will look at how the internet and technology are changing traditional educational models. They will examine trends in online education and new teaching methods that blend technology with increased teacher interaction.

Additionally, visitors will be exposed to current trends in teaching and implementing bilingual language programs. Visitors will explore the methods of language immersion in an educational setting to develop a better understanding of how bilingual curriculums are coordinated across grades.

 

 

 

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Sep
21
to Sep 24

Kyrgyzstan: JUDICIAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

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From September 21-24, 7 visitors from Kyrgyzstan will be in KC to:

  • Review U.S. immigration law and judicial procedures;
  • Gain an understanding of the various stakeholders in international adoptions including the key parties in U.S. Hague Convention adoptions;
  • Explore best practices in international adoptions, special needs adoptions, and foster care, including the range of support services available to adoptees and their families;
  • Examine the role and work of social service agencies as part of the child welfare system;
  • Learn about post-adoption issues and good practices in post-adoption follow-up services and support.  
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