WorldMontana has moved to Carroll College in Helena and joined the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education. Executive Director Ellen M. Bush comes to the WorldMontana team with 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 nine members, and now represents Missoula as well as Helena and Bozeman. The board plans to add additional representation
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. Delegations coming this year include a group of Krygystan visitors in early February and a proposed group of Iraqi students in the summer of 2015. Stay turned for more news.
What do Anwar Sadat, Indira Gandhi and Julius Nyerere have in common? They enhanced their understanding of America through of the International Visitor Leadership Program.
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!