PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND THE POWER OF CITIZEN EXCHANGE
Since our inception in 1923, passionate and committed volunteers have been at the core of the CCWA’s efforts to create a community of globally minded citizens. Citizen Diplomats from all across northeast Ohio have dedicated countless hours to ensuring that our international visitors feel a warm Midwest welcome when they step foot in Cleveland. Whether hosting foreign leaders for dinner or giving a professional presentation about their work, the importance of Citizen Diplomats cannot be overstated.
What is a Citizen Diplomat?
“Citizen diplomacy is the concept that, in a vibrant democracy, the individual citizen has the right–even the responsibility–to help shape foreign relations, as our members phrase it, ‘one handshake at a time.'”
— Global Ties U.S.
In practical terms, Citizen Diplomats are volunteers who make an impact by reaching out to individuals from other countries to build bridges of mutual understanding. Ways to get involved include:
- Dinner Host: Welcome international visitors to your home for an evening of dinner and conversation with friends/family.
- Home Stay Host: Open your home to international visitors or students for a short or extended overnight stay (2 nights to 3 weeks).
- Host Family: Share your home with an international student for a semester or an academic year.
- Professional Resource: Share your expertise, exchange ideas and provide a presentation about your work.
We offer numerous opportunities to get involved. Join us and build bridges all over the world! To sign-up as a Citizen Diplomat, click here. For upcoming opportunities, check the International Visitor programs on our calendar or see specific programs.