APRIL 30 at 6 PM – MAY 1 at 6 PM

Celebrating the season of GIVING we invite all Montanans to support WORLDMONTANA in promoting citizen diplomacy and help us bring more INTERNATIONAL VISITORS to the state of MONTANA, to meet them with American counterparts, host dinners at American homes, and let our visitors to learn more about American people and their life. 

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WorldMontana®International Professional Visitor Groups in 2020

♦♦♦ APRIL 9 – 14, 2020 ♦♦♦ International Visitor Leadership Program  on “ENDING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE” for Spanish-speaking countries, including Argentina, Colubmia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay.  The delegates will stay in the hotel in Helena.  (*NEEDED HOST DINNER FAMILIES in HELENA on Saturday, April 11.*) 

♦♦♦ APRIL 30 – May 6, 2020 ♦♦♦ WorldMontana® will host an OPEN WORLD Program for seven PARLIAMENT MEMBERS from ARMENIA. The delegates will stay with American families. (*NEEDED HOME STAY FAMILIES in HELENA on APRIL 30 – MAY 1, 2020.*)

♦♦♦ July 2020 (dates TBD) ♦♦♦WorldMontana® will host an OPEN WORLD Program for seven PARLIAMENT MEMBERS from KYRGYZSTAN. The delegates will stay with American families. (*NEEDED HOME STAY FAMILIES in HELENA .*)


WorldMontana®

International Professional Visitor Groups

in 2019

https://worldmontana.org/events/in-coming-delegation-list/

(CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS OF UPCOMING DELEGATIONS!)

♦♦♦ FEBRUARY 15 – 23, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an OPEN WORLD Program for six LOCAL LEGISLATORS FROM RUSSIAN FEDERATION. The delegates will spend time observing the legislative process and can gain  from seeing all aspects of the legislative process. The delegates will stay with American families. 

Thank you to HELENA families of Irene and Rick Strauss, Larry and Kathy Dreyer, Janet Armstrong, Chuck and Jane Amdahl for providing home stay to the delegates! 

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♦♦♦ APRIL 4 – 9, 2019 ♦♦♦

International Visitor Leadership Program  on “ESTABLISHING SUSTAINABLE ECOTOURISM” for RUSSIA.  7 delegates plus 3 interpreters. The delegates will stay in the hotels of Yellowstone Park and in Missoula. (*NEEDED HOST DINNER FAMILIES in MISSOULA on Monday, April 8.* *NEEDED A DRIVER for APRIL 4-9*)  PROGRAM was CANCELLED.

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♦♦♦ APRIL 25 – MAY 01, 2019 ♦♦♦

International Visitor Leadership Program on “NGO MANAGEMENT” for BELARUS. Five participants will be accompanied by 2 Interpreters.  Their Montana program includes business meetings in Bozeman and  Helena. 

THANK YOU to HELENA families of Stuart and Kim HOWARD, Ron and Tanya LUKENBILL, Elena HAISSERMANN and JD BUCK for inviting BELARUS delegates for dinner in their homes

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♦♦♦ MAY 7 – 12, 2019 ♦♦♦

International Visitor Leadership Program for JOURNALISTS from AFRICA on Research and Investigation . Six journalists from ANGOLA, CABO VERDE, MOZAMBIQUE, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE will be accompanied by 2 Interpreters.  Their Montana agenda will include business meetings in Missoula and Helena. 

THANK YOU to HELENA families of Adonis ZAMERA and Maie Lee JONES, Rick and Ellen BUSH, Neil and Kathleen HARRINGTON for inviting African journalists for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ MAY 16 – 22, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an OPEN WORLD Program for seven PARLIAMENTARY STAFFERS from GEORGIA. The delegates will stay with American families. 

THANK YOU to HELENA families of Larry and Kathy DREYER, Dave and Kathy STELLING, Alana LISTOE, Kirk and Donna MILLER, Chuck and Jane AMDAHL  for providing home stay to delegates from GEORGIA!

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♦♦♦ MAY 29 – JUNE 2, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will be hosting a program for 11 professional leaders from KAZAKHSTAN, KYRGYZSTAN, TAJIKISTAN, TURKMENISTAN, UZBEKISTAN on Monitoring Air Pollution. 

Thank you to HELENA families of Karen OGDEN and her Family, Rick and Ellen BBUSH, Ron and Tanya LUKENBILL, Morgan TAYLOR and her Family for inviting our international visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ June 29 – July 5, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host 6 professional leaders from TUNISIA on “Shale Gas: Security, Independence and Innovation”. The program will be in Billings, Butte, Helena. 

Thank you to HELENA families of Jeffrey and Vicky TIBERI, Jeanette M. FREGULIA for inviting our TUNISIAN visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ July 13 – 19, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host 3 professional leaders from AUSTRALIA on “Building Inclusive Communities”. The program will be in Helena and Missoula with visiting Flathead Reservation. 

Thank you to HELENA families of Larry and Kathy DREYER and BIG SKY PRIDE for inviting our AUSTRALIAN visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ JULY 24 – 30, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host 7 professionals from Democratic Republic of the CONGO on “Improving Subnational Governance – Wildlife and Land Management”. The program will go in Billings, Butte, and Helena.

Thank you to HELENA families of Lisi KHO and Adonis ZAMORA and Maie JONES for inviting our CONGOLESE visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ AUGUST 14 – 19, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host a Multi-Regional Project for professional leaders from BANGLADESH, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, EGYPT,  ETHIOPIA, LAOS, NAMIBIA on “Combating Wildlife Trafficking”. The program will be in Bozeman, MT. 

Thank you to BOZEMAN families of Sally MAISON and Peter RIEKE, Ann VINCIGUERRA for inviting our international visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an international  program on “U.S. Penal System and Reform” for AFRICAN professional leaders from KENYA, LIBERIA, NIGERIA, RWANDA, SEYCHELLES, SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE.  The program will go in Pablo and Helena, MT.

Thank you to HELENA families of Candida and Kevin QUINN, Erica WIMMER and Kendall STEWART, Chuck and Jane AMDAHL for inviting our international visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ SEPTEMBER 18 – 24, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an international  program on “Sustainability and Extractive Industry” for 15 visitors from AFRICAN Region. The program will go in Billings and Helena, MT.

Thank you to  Helena families of Duane and Sue JACKSON, Layla EICHLER, Jeanette M. FREGULIA, Karen COOPER and Alan DAVIS, for inviting our international visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ OCTOBER 3 – 8, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an international  program on “Combating Wildlife Trafficking” for 12 visitors from AFRICAN Region. The program will go in Bozeman, MT.

Thank you to  BOZEMAN families of Sally MAISON and Peter RIEKE, Sean and Kayla GERRITY, Dick and Janet YOUNG, Dave and Tery BELL, Stacy JACKSON and Dan BILEU,  Bill KLENN and Beth MADDEN for inviting our international visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ NOVEMBER 9-13, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an international  program on “Human Rights and Business” for 5 visitors from BELARUS. The program will go in Helena, MT.

Thank you to  HELENA families of Ron and Tanya LUKENBILL, Adonis ZAMORA and Maie JONES, Marlys and Phill FORBES and Scott and Lisa MURPHY for inviting our BELARUS for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦ NOVEMBER 19 – 23, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an international  program for individual traveler Ms. Raquel BENEBY-HART from BAHAMAS. Ms. Beneby-Hart is a Personal Assistant to the Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The program will go in Helena and Boseman, MT.

Thank you to  Clarie SURMA and Colin MORAVEC from BOZEMAN for inviting Ms. Beneby-Hart from BAHAMAS for dinner in your home!

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♦♦♦ DECEMBER 11 – 15, 2019 ♦♦♦

WorldMontana® will host an international  program on “Tax Administration in the U.S.” for 5 visitors from UKRAINE. The program will go in Helena, MT.

Thank you to  Kali WICKS and Andrew SHALLOWS, David and Beth McALPIN for inviting our UKRAINIAN visitors for dinner in your homes!

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♦♦♦  THANK YOU TO ALL MONTANANS  FOR HELPING WORLDMONTANA®
 TO CONNECT MONTANA AND THE WORLD THROUGH CITIZEN DIPLOMACY EXCHANGE! ♦♦♦

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IVLP programs successfully hosted by WorldMontana in 2018

♦♦♦ September 19 – 25 ♦♦♦

A group of professional leaders from Australia, The Bahamas, Mauritius, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam are coming to Helena to study NGO MANAGEMENT.  The delegates have scheduled meetings in Helena and Bozeman with the focus on the following thematic topics: youth; human rights; social welfare and health; sustainable development. Their Montana program themes are: 

  • Strategic Planning and Fundraising
  • Board Development and Volunteer Management
  • Social Media and Outreach Strategies    

    THANK YOU  to HOST DINNER FAMILIES in HELENA!

♦♦♦ September 20-25 ♦♦♦

A group of professionals from 11 AFRICAN COUNTRIES with the topic “NGOs & CIVIC ACTIVISM”.  The group have scheduled meetings in Helena and Billings. Their Montana program themes are:

  • NGOs serving the needs of children
  • Recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers
  • Addressing needs in Native American Communities    

    THANK YOU to HOST DINNER FAMILIES in HELENA !

♦♦♦ October 12-18 ♦♦♦

A group of Parliament members and staff from KYRGYZ REPUBLIC will be in Montana to study GOVERNANCE and BUDGETING. Their program is organized by Open World Leadership Center via the U.S. Congress and will be hosted by WorldMontana. The delegates will stay with American families. On October 16 Montana Host Families Recognition Reception will take place. Ambassador John O’Keefe, Counselor to the Board of Trustees, Open World Ledership Center, Washington, D.C. and Ron Lukenbill, President, Board of Directors, WorldMontana, Helena will host this very special event. 

♦♦♦ October 18-23 ♦♦♦

A group of professionals from 9 professionals from VIETNAM will be in Montana to study “THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN.” The group will have scheduled meetings in Helena and Bozeman. 

For this program WorldMontana® seeks HOST DINNER FAMILIES on  Saturday, October 20 in HELENA, and TWO DRIVERS! For more details please contact to Sasha Fendrick, Executive Director at 406-447-4444 or email to sasha@worldmontana.org

 

♦♦♦ October 20-25 ♦♦♦

4 professionals from TURKMENISTAN will be in Montana to study the subject of EARTHQUAKES AND NATURAL DISASTERS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE.” The group will have scheduled meetings in Helena and Butte.

For this program WorldMontana® seeks HOST DINNER FAMILIES on Tuesday, October 23 IN HELENA! For more details please contact to Sasha Fendrick, Executive Director at 406-447-4444 or email to sasha@worldmontana.org

♦♦♦ November 20-27 ♦♦♦

A group of 6 professionals from BANGLADESH will be in Montana regarding the topic of “MODERNIZING CIVIL DOCUMENTS AND VITAL RECORDS IN BANGLADESH.” The group will have scheduled meetings in Helena and Bozeman. 

For this program WorldMontana® seeks HOST DINNER FAMILIES on NOVEMBER 22nd for THANKSGIVING  in HELENA*) For more details please contact to Sasha Fendrick, Executive Director at 406-447-4444 or email to sasha@worldmontana.org

♦♦♦  THANK YOU TO ALL MONTANANS  FOR HELPING WORLDMONTANA®

 TO CONNECT MONTANA AND THE WORLD THROUGH CITIZEN DIPLOMACY EXCHANGE! ♦♦♦


In our fourth  year at Carroll College in Helena, WorldMontana is focusing on expanding its outreach and network throughout the Helena community. This is Executive Director, Alexandra Sasha Fendrick’s second year with the WorldMontana team; she has many years of experience in leadership and traveling. The Board of Directors has grown from five to ten members, and represents both Helena, Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula.

WorldMontana hosts groups of international leaders through exchange programs for both professionals and youth groups. The delegates learn about U.S. agribusiness, economy, tourism, environmental issues, healthcare, entrepreneurship, peacebuilding and reconciliation, and more! WorldMontana also collaborates with Carroll College students and faculty to further international learning and global awareness.


                                                     WorldMontana®  Looking for Host Families

WorldMontana®  annually hosts international visitors and we are always looking for host families and partners. Hosting is a great way to experience another culture and engage in citizen diplomacy.

If you are interested in partnering with WorldMontana®, contact us at office@worldmontana.org or call our office 406.447.4444.  We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for helping international visitors experience wonderful Montana hospitality!


WorldMontana® is an affiliate of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) based in Washington, D.C. We are one of 88 U.S. non-profit centers dedicated to promoting global understanding through citizen diplomacy. One of the ways we try to foster global understanding is by facilitating the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In Montana, we host approximately 150 international leaders through this program each year.

WorldMontana® staff arrange meetings between  international visitors and their professional counterparts to discuss common interests and share ideas. These appointments often lead to continued contact overseas with positive outcomes. Depending upon the focus of the specific international group,  WorldMontana® guests may visit schools in the community to share their culture with local students. We also invite WorldMontana® supporters to meet socially with distinguished guests at our receptions held throughout the year. Often, visitors attend dinners in WorldMontana® supporters’ homes adding a touch of Montana hospitality to their experience.

WorldMontana® welcomes new members, financial supporters and professionals, who would like to meet with their foreign counterparts, and local residents who would be open to inviting a foreign delegates to their home for dinner. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a host, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

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