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For over 30 years, WAC has brought in international visitors through the Community Connections program via USAID. The Community Connections Program provides 3-week, homestay-based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for participants from post-Soviet states. Visitors travel to the hosting city for hands-on professional enrichment, site visits, and cultural activities. WAC has hosted hundreds of visitors in Louisville through this program. The Community Connections Program is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID operates the Community Connections program in conjunction with World Learning and local programming agencies, which develop and implement local projects. All Community Connections participants are recruited through an open competition and selected by local USAID Missions.
Youth Leadership Exchange Programs through the U.S. Department of State foster mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers. During the exchanges, students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and live with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.
On weekdays, visitors are in programming about leadership activities, volunteerism, and their specific program sub-themes from morning until early evening (usually ending around 4:00pm or 5:00pm).
– Provide a private sleeping area (adults visitors/students may share rooms but need separate beds)
– Professional cultural programming