225 W Walnut St #209, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Our missionTo enrich local community with global diversity, one relationship at a time and to enhance cultural competence and to promote intercultural and professional exchange between Kalamazoo, West Michigan and the world

Colleagues International

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Dinner Diplomacy

Many short term visitors stay in hotels, but weekend or dinner hospitality with local people is often a major highlight of their time in this country. We ask you to host a meal (homemade or otherwise), with casual conversation. (We are VERY open to a broad interpretation of this). This gives visitors a glimpse into an aspect of U.S. culture in a home environment, and gives local people the chance to learn about life in another country. Please consider conducting citizen diplomacy from the comfort of your living room!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Evenings, Weekends

Home Hosting

Guests are included in your activities to personally experience life as a local in Kalamazoo. Staying in a home gives visitors a peek into everyday life here. International visitors have enjoyed the farmer’s market, school sporting events, family reunions, museums, nature hikes, and more. Responsibilities include providing a bedroom with a bed, breakfast and dinner, bathroom access, and transportation (when bike/walk/public transit is not accessible). Homestay durations vary, (from 3 days to a month).
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults, Child with Adult
  • Families
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
About usColleagues International hosts professional exchange programs connecting emerging and established leaders worldwide with Kalamazoo people and organizations. Our programs offer professional meetings, internships, job-shadowing, and seminars. Training programs are tailored to the specific professional interests and needs of both the exchange visitors and local host organizations. Visitors are offered home stays and warm Midwest hospitality, giving them an inside look at life in the United States and promoting cross-cultural understanding.
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