Citizen Exchange Circles

Designed Discussions to Build Lasting Connections

Connect internationally with citizen exchange circles

Citizen Exchange Circles are a way to strengthen relationships between international visitors and Americans they encounter while on their exchange program. Citizen Exchange Circles are a premier opportunity to intimately connect with international peers in a professional capacity. Global Ties KC facilitates virtual or in-person Citizen Exchange Circles, including equal international and local participation from experts surrounding a specific industry. This is your chance to get in front of your colleagues from across the world and Kansas City to brainstorm more efficient solutions to your largest professional challenges.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Cooperation on Infrastructure for the Indo-Pacific

Welcoming an International Visitor Leadership Program delegation to learn more about city planning, infrastructure development, and public policy processes for funding and developing infrastructure.

High school students from Moldova and Lithuania

We are welcoming 8 high school students from Moldova and Lithuania to learn more about leadership, community and civic engagement! We are currently in the midst of looking for homestay families for this group.

Open world program welcoming visitors from Ukraine

We are welcoming adults from Ukraine who are interested in learning more about the pharmaceutical industry in Kansas City. We are currently looking for homestay hosts for these adults for the duration of their stay in KC.

How it Works

How citizen exchange circles works

Join together with a small group of local Americans and a similar-sized group of international program participants for an intimate, off-the-record discussion around a key problem or opportunity in our respective communities.

Exchange Circle conversations are structured with a topic of common interest and share strategic thinking or new ideas they hadn’t thought about regarding that topic. The conversation is facilitated by a trained Global Ties KC staff member to structure conversation outlines and goals.

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Featured Stories

Global Ties KC reminds me how much I love sharing Kansas City with the world and how many incredible people there are around the globe.  Each time I host or attend a Global Ties KC event I meet new friends and can feel the bias I didn’t even know I had melt away.  It is the same feeling I get when I travel except I get to sleep in my own bed at night. We are incredibly lucky to have Global Ties KC to connect the middle of the map to the rest of the world.

Tracy Hull

Manager Teen Recruitment and Engagement, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & MW Missiouri

Featured Stories

Hosting students and adult mentors from around the globe has enriched our lives beyond measure. We are so grateful to Global Ties, KC for expanding our world of friendships!

Robin Villa

Homestay host

Featured Stories

Being a youth diplomat with Global Ties KC has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I’ve met so many encouraging, supportive people who have helped me improve my community and myself. From networking dinners to being taught origami, to meeting students from El Salvador, Global Ties KC has provided me with eye-opening opportunities I would have never had without the Youth Diplomats program. This organization is truly devoted to helping people and teaching them about this world.

Andrew Shelton

Youth Diplomat 2021-2022

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Through my experience with Global Ties KC as a member of the Board of Directors, I’ve been able to see first-hand the incredible impact that the wide range of GTKC programs have, whether facilitating high-level government and industry leaders or working with KC youth to meet their peers across continents . By connecting visitors from around the globe to Kansas Citians, GTKC has made itself a vital part of the citizen-diplomacy effort, allowing our community to proudly represent the best of what our community and country has to offer.

Sujal Shah

Global Ties KC Board Member

Featured Stories

Through my experience as a Global Ties KC Youth Diplomat, I was able to establish meaningful connections and friendships through incredible experiences. I learned so much about leadership and communication that I know I will be able to apply in the future. Thank you Global Ties KC!!

Riley Martin

Youth Diplomat 2020- 2021

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Through my experience as a Global Ties KC Youth Diplomat I was able to retain and learn new cultural experiences, interact with peers that have the same interests, and gain lots of experience.

Yoselyn Banuelos

Youth Diplomat 2021-2022

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Through my experience as a Global Ties KC Youth Diplomat Facilitator, I got to grow my knowledge on what I wanted to find in my career post college. I was trusted in a facilitator role for the Kansas YD program where I found my passion for helping others learn about careers, community building, and find what they are most passionate about. GTKC provided me the space to grow and learn the value community strength can create.

Rose Priebe

Youth Diplomats Institute Facilitator 2021-2022

Featured Stories

Going into the Youth Diplomats Program, I did not fully understand what I was getting myself into. As I progressed in the program, I was equipped with skills and resources not available at school, peers in my age group driven and motivated to make and see change, and leaders who really care. This program increased my interest in global matters, and build my confidence in myself and in my abilities.

Faith Obiesie

Youth Diplomat 2021-2022

Featured Stories

Through my experience as a Global Ties KC Board Member the pain of witnessing environmental  decimation, warring nations, political divisions, and mass murders is lessened when involved in the work GLobal Ties does. Our Youth Diplomat Institute is a rich, rich resource for KC area high school students.  As well, the foreign diplomats, students, educators and other guests who visit KC through the Global Ties International Visitor Leadership Program leave stimulated by new ideas and energies. During these visits, GTKC pours unparalleled resources into the development toolkit of countries’ future leaders. Because the world is smaller and more interconnected than ever, I believe that understanding and respecting cultural, religious or ethnic/racial differences can be the  catalyst for removing obstacles to achieving world peace. Global Ties KC, by being a champion of citizen diplomacy, practices spreading understanding and respect for all.

 

Shelley McThomas

Global Ties KC Board Member

Featured Stories

Through my time as a Global Ties KC Board Member, I have been able to connect with people across the globe. From hosting for a short stay to having international visitors over for dinner to online exchange programs, I have been able to learn how to be a better world citizen.

Darin Challacombe

Global Ties KC Board Member

Engage with Citizen Exchange Circles in Kansas City

If you are interested in joining a Citizen Exchange Circle, fill out the survey below to express your interest. Global Ties KC will reach out on a rolling basis.

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All Programs

Home Hospitality

We provide opportunities for you to host international visitors and entertain global leaders in your home.

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Citizen Exchange Circle

Citizen Exchange Circles are a way to strengthen relationships between international visitors and Americans they encounter while on their exchange program.

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Custom Exchanges

Global Ties KC is uniquely positioned to provide custom international exchanges in the Heartland, through speakers and cultural experiences.

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Student Exchanges

We facilitate multiple youth programs per year that ask for a 1–3 week hosting commitment.

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Professional Exchanges

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of a democratic, free-market economy, and examine practices and experiences that may be adapted back home to address local challenges.

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Youth Diplomats Institute

The Youth Diplomats Institute is a nine-month (September to May) real world program that equips teens in Kansas and Missouri with the tools necessary for success in a global society.

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Student Explorers

Student Explorers is the at-large group of youth who want first word on cultural opportunities.

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Internships

Successful applicants will be invited to work with Global Ties KC and will be expected to take on a significant role with the organization

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Past Programs

Cooperation on Infrastructure for the Indo-Pacific

Welcoming an International Visitor Leadership Program delegation to learn more about city planning, infrastructure development, and public policy processes for funding and developing infrastructure.

High school students from Moldova and Lithuania

We are welcoming 8 high school students from Moldova and Lithuania to learn more about leadership, community and civic engagement! We are currently in the midst of looking for homestay families for this group.

Open world program welcoming visitors from Ukraine

We are welcoming adults from Ukraine who are interested in learning more about the pharmaceutical industry in Kansas City. We are currently looking for homestay hosts for these adults for the duration of their stay in KC.

About Our Citizen Exchange Circle

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Citizen Exchange Circles?

Citizen Exchange Circles are designed to deepen relations between international participants and U.S. stakeholders with facilitated intentionally designed discussion to build more lasting connections

What is a Citizen Exchange Circle?

The Citizen Exchange Circle is designed to empower participants to engage collaboratively around a targeted issue identified based on the IVLP delegation’s focus

How many participants can participant in a Citizen Exchange Circle?

Ideally eight to twelve participants (an equal mix of IVLP visitors and U.S. participants) representing a diverse perspectives, expertise and demographics. A facilitator will be included to ensure a clear agenda and expectations are met by the entire circle.

How do I participate in a Citizen Exchange Circle?

Fill out the survey listed on the page and a representative from Global Ties KC will be in touch when there is an opportunity.