Host Family Opportunities Summer 2019

Apply to be a host family to host an international visitor for 1-2 weeks this summer! We have opportunities to host high school students in July and August:

Mexico: July 20-1, youth 15-18 year olds

Iraq: August 12-26, youth 15-17 year olds


Professional Exchanges


International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

We host up to 75 exchange visitors annually through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). IVLP participants travel to the United States for short-term exchange programs designed to build understanding between professionals from abroad and local communities.

Through workshops, volunteer activities, and site visits, we work with local specialists across disciplines as resources for engaging and informative meetings for international leaders. These are exchange programs that matters and provide strong global ties to Rochester. Programs explore a variety of careers whether it’s the arts, business, STEM, interfaith dialogue, education, government, nonprofits, politics, volunteerism and other fields.

Rochester Global Connections provides a deeper understanding of the Rochester community. Members provide dinner hospitality to international visitors to offer an authentic cultural experience. 

Rochester Global Connections is a member of Global Ties U.S., a national nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State.

Open World

The Open World Program is administered by the Open World Leadership Center under the auspices of the U.S. Library of Congress. It is one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era.  Individuals are identified to visit the U.S. based on a common area of expertise such as education, government or telemedicine. We host delegations in Rochester and arrange professional appointments, cultural activities, and a community meeting.  Learn more about becoming a home hospitality host here. 


Educational Exchange Programs


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)


The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) brings English-speaking Iraqi secondary school students to the U.S. for a summer exchange to explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement.

In partnership with Allendale Columbia School, RGC provides a two week program for Iraqi and local high school students (ages 15-17) to become global leaders and develop skills and tools to address community or social issues. Through hands-on activities, site visits, workshops, and services learning, students explore the themes of leadership and community building. On completion of the program, the Iraqi students create an action plan to implement a program or project to meet the needs in their local community when they return home. Local students participating in the program will obtain accreditation from Allendale Columbia’s Center for Global Engagement.

Host families provide lodging, cultural activities, and meals. If you are interested in hosting a student, apply here.

To enroll in the Global Connections Leadership Academy and IYLEP program as a local high school student, please complete the application here.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by World Learning.