Welcome, Citizen Diplomat!

Congratulations on taking the first step to assisting the public diplomacy efforts of the United States! Through these opportunities listed below you will find some truly impactful ways to build bridges of mutual understanding with visitors from all over the world.   

Home Hospitality Host: Invite international visitors into your home for a meal and to share cultures. Hosts generally pick up and return visitors to their downtown hotels but volunteer drivers may be available. Our international visitors always point out that spending time in an American home is the high point of their visit to Cleveland and to the United States.  Friends and family are always welcome!  

Overnight Home Stay Host: Invite international visitors into your home for a full "American immersion" experience. Groups stay in Cleveland anywhere from one weekend to three weeks; details of each particular program vary.  These are great opportunities to really get to know other cultures, show visitors the American way of life and, of course, have fun!  

Volunteer Driver: When international visitors attend home hospitality dinner, occassionally, hosts are unable to pick them up and drop them off.  This is where volunteer drivers step in!  You would pick the vistiors up from their hotel, bring them to home hospitality dinner (you're welcome to join, of course!) and then take them back to the hotel afterward.  You get to join in on a fun dinner with great conversation without having to host.  Note: You must have your own car and insurance policy.

Professional Resource: Connect visitors with you and your company for a professional meeting, round table discussion or job shadowing. This opportunity is dependent on the topic the visitors are coming to Cleveland to explore.


If you are interested in hosting international visitors at your home for dinner or overnight home stays please complete the following section. Please write biographical information in the third-person (e.g. The Smith family is fluent in Russian).

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs! A CCWA staff member will be in touch.