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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

Frequent WorldChicago homestay host Todd Wells and his family hosted a Pan-Africa youth program mentor from the island of Mauritius this past March. The following is an excerpt from Todd’s travel blog, Travel Diary of a Mad Man, documenting their foray into “Pancake Diplomacy.”  What is pancakes? American soft power, that ability to achieve diplomatic objectives without threat or coercion, stems from many sources: aid packages, student exchanges, Katy Perry songs. I would like to make the case that the US State Department should add pancakes to the list. It was our first morning with Nundraj, an adult mentor from Mauritius, whom we were hosting for the eight-day Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program in Chicago. I asked Nundraj if he would like pancakes for breakfast. His response, mistaking the singulative noun for a collective, was a clear marker that he was entering uncharted territory. I started to list the ingredients. But when I ...

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