WorldMontana Annual Meeting & Thank You Celebration
on April 23, 2016from Noon to 2 P.M.
at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 South Oaks Street, Helena, Montana.
Join us for an update on our WorldMontana programs and conversation on international events. There's no charge for the event, but please RSVP (Ellen@ WorldMontana.org) so we know to expect you.
International food will be served, and we invite you to bring a dish!
We hope to see you there!
Youth Ambassador Program
Megan Lamach, a 16-year-old sophomore at Capital High School in Helena, Montana, has been selected as a Youth Ambassador to spend three weeks in Brazil. She will participate in workshops and work with Brazilian students and mentors. The Youth Ambassadors Program is conducted by World Learning and funded by the United States Department of State and United States Embassy in Brazil. Megan is looking forward to participating in the program and will be gone from April 23 – May 14.
Visitors from 10 countries study Environmental Stewardship, Child Welfare, Women's Leadership in March
WorldMontana welcomed three groups of international visitors in mid March who came from Honduras, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Combodia, China, Indonesia. Here are the comments we have got from our national partners and the U.S. Department of State:
“Women Leaders: Agents of Social Change” IVLP
Inge Kirkland, International Visitor Liaison:”First of all: thank you for your amazing job in Montana! The group really enjoyed all meetings. Their interests are very diverse, so there was something in it for everyone. Sasha did an amazing job putting it all together and then stayed with the group for all events, introducing them and telling our hosts who they were and what they were doing in Montana. Thank you Sasha! They learned that: even in a relatively small place that is far from the “centers” of urban hustle and bustle, there are programs like “robotics” for kids and special spaces to introduce girls to science. Both groups really enjoyed their home hospitality and thought their families had been generous and kind in opening their homes to them. They enjoyed the food, the conversation and the glimpse they had into the life of a gringo” (my word!!) family. It was a little cold during the tour for some in the group.”
Dr. Doreen Kutufam, Carroll College: “ It was a pleasure interacting with them. I enjoyed it just as they did. Their experiences helps enrich us all and I’ll love to continue meeting such wonderful people. Please let me know anytime you’ll need me to meet with some of your guests! ”
Marta Etienne, Department of State: “Thank you very much for sharing this piece on the Women Leaders group and also for hosting them in Helena. They enjoyed their time there very much and got a lot out of the professional agenda. Home hospitality was a big hit and so was the snow! Many thanks again!”
“Child Welfare” IVLP
Daniel Labarca, Insititute of International Education:“Helena has been a good stop. The group especially enjoyed visiting facilities that house youth offenders. They keep saying that Montana is so beautiful. They made friends with their home hospitality hosts and met with WorldMontana staff and members outside official meetings. The staff have been very helpful and instrumental in making the program successful. We had a very good driver who has been very helpful with our time in Montana. We just can't thank them enough for their hospitality and kindness. We even get to see snow on Sunday and to experience a light snow showers on our last working day there.”
Environmental Stewardship IVLP
John Zins, International Visitor Liaison:“A big thank you for the excellent Montana program. Our Asian/Pacific visitors were fully satisfied with the professional, social, cultural and sightseeing elements of their stay--a truly extraordinary experience. One of the highlights of the visit was the trip to the historic copper mining town of Butte. We started out with a stroll and lunch in one of the largest historic districts in the country, then toured one of the largest and most costly superfund sites in the nation, ending with a look at the active open pit mine. The visit to the monument honoring the victims of America's most deadly mining accident in 1917 was very moving for our visitors.
Participants learned a lot about the permitting system, regulations and standards, and the role of a small environmental consulting firm with wide expertise in West."
Over 50 Montanans have been involved into these three international programs. THANKS A LOT to all our resources, volunteers and host families! Our joint efforts make the world closer and more understanding!
WM Plans and Hosting in Homes in 2016
On April 14 to 19WorldMontana expects to welcome visitors from Mozambiquewho will study wildlife trafficking issues in Yellowstone Park, Bozeman and Missoula areas. We are seeking families to host dinners in Bozeman and meet their flight at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14. They have the afternoon to enjoy shopping and sights in Bozeman.
On June 4 to 12WorldMontana will welcome Kyrgyzstan visitorsas they study water use and dry lands irrigation. We will be seeking host homes for our Kyrgyz visitors.
On July 9 to July 23 WorldMontana expects to host 12 Iraqi teensagain this year. Host homes for the Iraqi teens will be needed.
On July 18 to 30 WorldMontana will host Mexico teens.Their program focuses on leadership and prevention of substance abuse. Host homes for Mexico teens will be needed.
Please contact us if you would like to become a friend and member of WorldMontana or to host and volunteer to welcome delegates to a dinner in your home.
We thank for your support in hosting visitors and for your financial support. Although we receive some funding from the U.S. Department of State, it is not enough to support our mission to encourage citizen diplomacy in Montana. This year we received only $9,800 from the state department.
Join us in bringing more visitors on many more themes to Montana! Contact us at WorldMontana for more information.
You can give online at www.worldmontana.org by Paypal or send us a check at the address below.