Current Programs

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  • Professional Fellows Program

    Emerging international leaders complete short-term fellowships to learn about American government and civil society processes while staying with a host family
  • Youth Leadership Program

    Youth programs inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers

Growing up, we’re taught to think of our own families, communities, and traditions as “normal” and everyone else’s as “different.” Volunteering at WorldChicago has helped change my views on that. As a volunteer and host family, I was able to interact with teenagers my age who’ve come from afar, while also having the opportunity to ask them about their ways of life: what they eat, how they enjoy school, what their parents do for a living. All followed by my favorite question, “What is the weirdest thing you have seen an American do?” I like this question because it flips the script, normalizing their world and making mine the weird one. It’s all relative — it’s good to see how your view isn’t the only “normal” one. WorldChicago gave me the opportunity of experiencing a culture exchange on a deeper level. During the ...

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