Build connections with Open World program hosting
Annually, Global Ties KC welcomes 20–50 professional leaders to Kansas City, seeking homestay placements during their program to provide an enriching cultural immersion. The two primary programs are Open World and Community Connections.
In 1999, Congress authorized the creation of Open World as a Legislative Branch agency. Open World offers bipartisan support to members of Congress in creating cultural exchanges for Eurasian leaders to witness democracy building in action. This is best shown by the emphasis on homestays, where local citizens welcome these visitors into their home for typically 7–9 days.
Community Connections Belarus participants establish professional connections, 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. This 3 week program fully immerses participants in site visits, hands-on workshops, and host family cultural interactions.