International English Teachers Visit Kentucky

From March 21-25, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosted 10 international teachers. The visitors, from Turkey, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, were all English as a Second Language educators studying ESL teacher training programs. Our visitors traveled across the state, first meeting with professors from the Masters in Teaching ESL program at the University of Kentucky. Next, they traveled to Frankfort to tour the state capitol and meet with officials from the Department of Education to discuss Kentucky’s foreign language standards.

Finally, on Friday, the group saw these training programs put into action through a visit to ESL Newcomer Academy at Shawnee High School, a middle and high school that works with students beginning their first year of school in the United States. These students are typically at beginning levels of English proficiency, so instructors help students develop their English skills and provide emotional support during their transition to American life. The visitors sat in on English classes at Newcomer before meeting with officials from the Jefferson County Public Schools system to discuss the hiring of ESL teachers and curriculum development.

Our international visitors’ trip to Louisville concluded with a fun cultural day on Saturday. The group visited the Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky Derby Museum before finishing the day with a dinner cruise on the Ohio River. From Louisville, the visitors went to Chicago, IL to participate in the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Our visitors enjoyed their visit to Kentucky and will take many valuable skills back to the training centers and universities in their home countries!

Regardless of our experience in the field, there is always so much we can learn from one another. ‘Professional learning’ is endless! | – Bahar, Turkey


My strong belief is that people like us, teachers and educators, make the differences and build understanding between countries and nations. We shape and influence young generation’s minds and future and it was great to meet professionals from Kentucky to learn from them! | – Svetlana, Uzbekistan

Visit the group’s Facebook Album!

Real power is locked within us and we are unaware of it. Visiting the Muhammad Ali Center helped me to unleash my vital energy! | – Michel, Gabon


This program was funded and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Office of English Language Programs and implemented locally by FHI 360 & World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.


Belarus | Community Connections – Women’s Leadership

May 30 – June 20, 2018

Community Connections Belarus

Theme: Women’s Leadership

Language: Belarusian, Russian, and/or varying levels of English

Number of Participants: 10

Ten women leaders in the fields of law, journalism, and non-profit work will be in Louisville for three weeks. This project connects professionals from Belarus with their Kentucky/Southern Indiana counterparts through a carefully tailored professional exchange. Participants will establish professional connections, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of a democratic, free-market economy, and examine best practices/experiences that may be adopted back home to address their local challenges. Funded by USAID, Community Connections is being nationally managed by our partner, World Learning, and locally implemented by World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana.

WAC is currently in need of host families for this “Women’s Leadership” program from Belarus. Hosting is an unbeatable way to learn more about the world and make lasting friendships; an experience you can’t get any other way.

Read what one of our host families had to say!

“I have been hosting international guests through World Affairs Council for several years. Each experience has been special. The guests (teachers, students, musicians, health care professionals, etc.) are incredibly appreciative for the opportunity to live with and learn from an American family. I enjoy the opportunity to share a bit about our American culture and lifestyle; and, dispel a few stereotypes – we don’t all look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie; we don’t all live in a mansion with a swimming pool! The guests visit to the US can be life changing and I am grateful to be a part of it.” – Patrick


Worried about transportation and logistics? World Affairs Council helps with that!


World Affairs Council Provides:

  • Professional and cultural programming
  • All necessary transportation to and from meetings
  • All in-home orientation for hosts
  • Orientation and cultural programming for visitors

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area (students may share rooms but need separate beds)
  • Include the guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city with them!


Contact Visitor Program Manager, Laura Duncan, for more information! [email protected] or (502) 561-5422 x2


Zambia | Promoting Disability Rights and Inclusion

April 12 – 21, 2018

Theme: “Promoting Disability Rights and Inclusion”

Country: Zambia

Number of Participants: 14

This special project will bring fourteen Zambian wheelchair basketball coaches to the U.S. this April. The visitors will be in Louisville, KY to participate in the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (April 12 – 15). World Affairs Council is proud to work on connecting visitors with local disability sports advocates, coaches, and much more! More details to come…


We are seeking home hospitality dinner hosts!