In our second year at Carroll College in Helena at the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education, WorldMontana is focusing on expanding its outreach and network throughout the Helena community. This is Executive Director Ellen M. Bush’s second year with the WorldMontana team; she has ten years of experience as a nonprofit director and many years of international hosting and travel. The Board of Directors has grown from five to eight members, and represents both Helena and Bozeman.

While continuing to host groups of international visitors who learn about US agribusiness, economy, tourism and more the office will also reach out to Carroll students and faculty to collaborate on international learning.

WorldMontana®  Looking for Host Families

WorldMontana® will be hosting international visitors and will be looking for host families and partners. We expect international visitors from all over the world to visit Montana and need your help. Hosting would be a great way to experience another culture and engage in citizen diplomacy.

If you are interested in partnering with WorldMontana®,contact ellen@worldmontana.org. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for helping international visitors experience Montana hospitality.

WorldMontana® is an affiliate of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) based in Washington, D.C. We are one of 95 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 these international visitors and their professional counterparts to discuss common interests and to share ideas. These appointments often lead to continued contact overseas with mutual benefits. When appropriate, the WorldMontana® guests visit schools in the community to share their culture with our students. We also invite WorldMontana® supporters to meet socially with these distinguished guests at our receptions held throughout the year. Often, visitors attend dinners in WorldMontana® supporters” homes adding a welcomed 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 enjoy inviting a foreign leader to their home for dinner. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

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