As we all face this unprecedented time, how is Citizen Diplomacy uniting the world? Hear from our program alumni and volunteers from around the world and Chicago.

Peter Alexander Chief White House Correspondent NBC

Mrs. Etta Pink, 1970s President of WorldChicago (AKA IVCC), a grandson's tribute.

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Nigerian Leadership Initiative

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WorldChicago shines at 2021 Global Ties National Meeting

WorldChicago is a proud member of the Global Ties Network, and in March 2021, we joined more than 1,000 members, advocates, U.S. government agencies,and international leaders for the Global Ties National Meeting. It was an amazing opportunity to amplify the work of WorldChicago and connect with others in the international exchange field.

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2021 WorldChicago Gold Medallion Award Honoring Jerome McDonnell

WorldChicago awards the 2021 WorldChicago Gold Medallion Award to Jerome McDonnell for his immeasurable contribution to diplomacy and international relations.

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Global Ties Network Decade of Impact Leadership Award Winners

WorldChicago's President Peggy Parfenoff is recognized by GlobalTies US for her legacy of leadership in citizen diplomacy.

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WorldChicago partners with GEA College in Slovenia to discuss Entrepreneurship in New Reality

WorldChicago's President Peggy Parfenoff discusses how young people can become more active citizens to an international audience.

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Rolland Kulla, Artist-In-HIS-Residence & Homestay Host

Rolland Kulla, renowned artist, takes us on a tour of his home studio and his current body of work. Rolland has been involved with WorldChicago for numerous years, hosting international delegates in his home year-round.

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Maia Baratashvili with Love from Tbilisi, Georgia

Internationally esteemed jazz singer and pianist, Maia Baratashvili, came to WorldChicago in 2010, through the USAID Community Connections program from Tbilisi, Georgia. Her greeting to WorldChicago and love for the City of Chicago is not only eloquently spoken, but also gifted to us in song.

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Megan Mozina & Patrick Laux, Chicago Homestay Hosts for Brenda O.

How Homestays Foster Lasting Connections & Exponential Impact

Brenda O. (student): “Meeting with people like Megan as homestay hosts gave me hope. It reminded me that there are many people helping other people to achieve their goals, that they want to support Mexican students like me to make a difference.”

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Our Professional Lives After the Professional Fellows Program

The Value of Professional Fellows Program (PFP) - Alumni Cooperation in Tech, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. This story features four professional fellows from North Macedonia: Dimitar, Ivana, Aleksandar, and Ljupka from the Fall 2019 cohort.

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Steve DeBretto, ICNC (Chicago) and Danijel Bertovic (Croatia)

One WorldChicago Program; Four Years of International Cooperation

Even years after departing for their home countries, WorldChicago program alumni and their Chicago counterparts continue to work together to make change, both globally and locally.

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WorldChicago awarded the Dee Sarelas Service Award from Fulbright Association Chicago

The 2020 Dee Sarelas Award, established by the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter in 2010 and named for the founder of the Chicago chapter, Dee Sarelas, was awarded to WorldChicago. This marks the first year that an organization was honored with the award.

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David Reithoffer and Pavel Nishchanka

Building Bridges…One Road Trip at a Time

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