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Women in Police: Kazakhstan IVLP

(NY State Police Academy Museum showing uniform of the first women NY State Troopers from the 1970’s.) This past week, Albany was honored to welcome four visitors from Kazakhstan exploring women in law enforcement. Located south of Russia, Kazakhstan was once part of the Soviet Union. It 1991, it became an independent nation. Our visitors were particularly interested in Governor …

From Moldova with Love

In May, we hosted Open World group from Moldova. Open World is a professional exchange program sponsored by the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL). Moldova is a new democracy led by a woman President and Prime Minister. With a population of more than 2.6 million , Moldova borders on the southeast side of Ukraine. During the conflict with Russia, …

Filmmakers from Senegal IVLP

In April 2022, we hosted 9 filmmakers from Senegal through the U.S. State Department’s IVLP program, our first in-person delegation since 2020! It was especially exciting since they first met the YouthFx team through a virtual exchange program in October of 2021, and now they are finally able to travel in person! Senegal is often referred to as the birth …

GlobalTies US National Meeting 2022

globalties moving exchange forward

Author: Jennifer Zhao This past week I attended the first in-person GlobalTies US National Meeting in two years along with our board president Mike O’Brien. GlobalTies US is our national umbrella organization which provides training, funding administration, and connectivity non-profits across the country focused on international exchanges. It was wonderful to meet up with colleagues passionate about citizen diplomacy. Pictured …

History of St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day

Author: Holly McKenna March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, is the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint. In Roman Catholicism, a saint’s feast day is believe to be the day the saint died. St. Patrick was a fifth century missionary and bishop who became so revered because he converted the Irish to Christianity from paganism. Other prominent Irish saints include Bridget …

How Americans can help people in Ukraine

As the Ukrainian people try to defend against the Russian invasion that has left hundreds dead, thousands homeless, here are some ways American can support the people of Ukraine. Local Groups 518 Ukrainians is led by local Ukrainian Churches and the Capital District branch of The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA). Since the Capital Region is home to thousands …

Virtual Open Houses for Hosting

The International Center of the Capital Region is Looking for Host Families and Group Escorts  Would you like to meet new people and learn about other countries and cultures?  If so, the International Center of the Capital Region is planning two in-person exchange programs with the Open World program, administered by the Open World Leadership Center, a professional exchange program. …