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WorldDinners & Homestays

Welcome the world into your home and share a taste of your own culture with visitors and leaders from around the world. Whether it’s hosting an intimate dinner or welcoming a student or professional into your home for a few weeks, hosting international visitors in your home is a uniquely powerful way to learn about our world.

WorldDinners

WorldDinners is a program that offers a unique opportunity for you to welcome international visitors into your home for a meal and an unforgettable experience. 

A dinner can range anywhere from a home-cooked meal with just you to a gathering that includes neighbors and friends. By hosting a WorldDinner, you get to show off what a typical meal looks like in your home, illustrating the diversity of lifestyles in Colorado. Each dinner is a chance for our international guests to learn about your culture and customs, and you get to travel the world without leaving home. 

If you’re interested in hosting a WorldDinner, click below to view upcoming opportunities or email WorldDinners@WorldDenver.org.

“Volunteering for WorldDenver was not only professionally rewarding, but also personally fulfilling. I really felt connected to a larger global community and network. In learning about other cultures, I learned a great deal about myself.”

Montse Garcia

Homestay Hosting

Homestay Hosting is a great way to connect with international exchange participants, build lasting connections, and share your love for Denver and Colorado through sightseeing and cultural excursions. Our international visitors stay for as little as a few days and as long as one month, so you can choose an option that works for you. 

As a Homestay Host Volunteer you will:

  • Provide a warm and safe home-away-from-home with a private bedroom, access to a bathroom, breakfast, and dinners on most days. 
  • Spend evenings and weekends getting to know your guests and showing them around your favorite spots. 
  • Assist with local transportation, in coordination with WorldDenver staff and other Homestay Hosts. 
  • Complete a background check and a home visit from a WorldDenver staff person.

Want more information? Contact homestay@worlddenver.org.

Fellowship Hosting

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Professional Fellowships are a two-way exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between emerging leaders in countries across the globe and the United States.

International Professional Fellows are placed in a variety of American companies, fast-paced start-ups, grassroots NGOs, government offices, and other dynamic organizations within their sector or a complementary sector, providing opportunities for Fellows and American participants to collaborate and share ideas and best practices. 

U.S. placement hosts appoint a member of their team to serve as the point of contact, working with their Fellow to develop their professional goals both in the United States and their home country. U.S. placement hosts will also be eligible to apply for a U.S. Department of State funded Reciprocal Exchange where they have the opportunity to travel to their Fellow’s home country.

Frequently Asked Questions

What level of skill do Fellows bring?

Fellows come with extensive experience and expertise, meaning they should take on higher level tasks, such as project development and implementation, stakeholder meetings, research, communications and media, and other tasks that may be required of your office.

Yes, Fellows speak business-level English.

Fellows are selected through a highly competitive and selective application process (including interviews with U.S. Embassies).

WorldDenver will be in consistent communication to monitor each Fellow’s progress in the program and resolve any issues, if needed. We are always available to support both U.S. placement hosts and Fellows during the program.

This is entirely up to the Fellow and U.S. placement host and based on their professional areas of focus and interest. Potential ideas can range from an entrepreneurship bootcamp, a civic participation workshop, meetings with government officials, a financial literacy education programs, a workshop on women’s business participation, or a capacity building workshop for young business leaders, among others.

  • Attending regular staff meetings/communications meetings
  • Networking opportunities
  • Job shadowing with relevant staff
  • Working as part of a team on a project or event
  • Attending client and partner meetings
  • Value-add tasks: planning a conference, creating a database conducting market analysis, customer relations
  • Check in with Fellow at least once a day
  • Encourage Fellows to use their knowledge, skills, and experience to provide a value add to your organization
  • Review the Fellow’s action plan that they will be working on
  • If you have additional ideas, outside events, or external meetings that would be beneficial to your Fellow’s experience, please discuss with them
  • Going the extra mile: consider opportunities for Fellows to engage with the community outside of the normal workday (e.g. networking event, public event, dinner with a member of your staff, etc…)

“I have to tell you it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. Waleska was so motivated and so friendly. The team welcomed her immediately, it was amazing to see. We had her for 3.5 weeks and quite honestly I wish I could have convinced her to move here.”

Kelly Perkins
Founder & CEO, Spinster Sisters