The Greater Kansas City Chapter of People to People International was awarded the "World Citizen of the Year" for 2011 by the Greater Kansas City United Nations Association. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro gave the address.
GKCPTP is credited with over 5000 diplomatic interactions with our sponsorship program through the Command and General Staff College alone! The awards selection committee stated, "Chapter members over the past 50 years have sponsored international officers and their families, helping generate goodwill for the United States through direct citizen diplomacy and setting an example in volunteerism."
The committee also commended GKCPTP for its International Student Hosting Program and its donating of clothing, household items and food through the Jewish Vocational Service to assist refugees being settled in the Greater Kansas City area.
Click here to see the congratulation letter from Deputy Commandant, Sean B. MacFarland, BG, US Army
Each year our International Student Host program matches interested incoming international students with hosts from the local area, who are members of the Greater Kansas City People to People Chapter.
BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
The students are matched with hosts who may be families with children, couples, or single volunteers. These hosts are eager to learn about other cultures and lifestyles and to make new friendships with people around the world. These friendships often last beyond the college years of a student. Students learn about American culture and obtain family-like support from the participating hosts. Click here to learn more about obtaining a host while attending a local university or college.
BENEFITS FOR HOSTS
The International Student Host program matches local people with international students at local universities and colleges. It allows hosts to connect with a student and opportunity to share the lifestyle and local community together. The students come from various parts of the world, and sometimes had never been to the U.S. before or have never been away from home for such long periods of time. This program is an exciting and unique opportunity to engage international students and hosts in direct citizen diplomacy in the greater Kansas City area. In addition, it allows the students learn firsthand about the importance and value of citizen diplomacy and value of volunteerism from the participating chapter members. Click here to learn more about becoming a host for an international student attending a local university or college.