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The Minnesota International Center has an entirely different hosting opportunity, this one for visiting adults. The program is called the International Visitor Leadership Program and it’s sponsored by the U.S. State Department, explained Daniel Getahun, program manager for the Minnesota International Center, which administers the program locally.
Every year the United States welcomes 5,000 emerging leaders, chosen by U.S. Foreign Service employees throughout the world. These visitors stay in hotels. “But the state department has a requirement called Home Hospitality,” explained Getahun. That means each visitor must be hosted for dinner in someone’s home. Last year the Minnesota International Center arranged in-home dinners for 500 visitors representing more than 120 nations.
There’s just one catch: Hosts must be a member of the Minnesota International Center, a 50-year old nonprofit specializing in educational and diplomatic programs for globally minded locals (membership starts at $75 per year). On the upside, the hosting program “can be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet someone from Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan or maybe Brazil,” said Getahun.
Intercultural Student Experiences: 1-800-892-0022, www.isemn.org. Minnesota International Center: 612-625-4421, www.micglobe.org
Christy DeSmith • 612-673-1754