Spotlight on Turkey 2015

The Spotlight on Turkey program is a joint collaboration between the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). This is the 9th year of this national educational program for American educators. Organized through TCF and WACA with a network of WACA affiliates nationwide, the program is funded by a major grant from TCF and features Teacher Workshops on Turkey, Teacher Study Tours to Turkey, and a series of cultural programs for the general public titled Portrait of Turkey. The program objective is to immerse teachers in Turkish culture with the result of gaining in-depth knowledge and tools to incorporate lessons about Turkish culture and society into Northern Nevada’s classrooms.

This program will award selected teachers the opportunity to travel to Turkey this summer! With a spring Teachers Workshop and a Teachers Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, the program emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community.

For more information or to register for the spring Teachers Workshop, teachers can attend a Social Science Fair, Saturday, February 28th, from 8am-1pm at Galena High School.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Young professionals from various African countries will visit Reno under the auspices of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and a presidential initiative. The African visitors will work with professionals from Northern Nevada, specializing in business, entrepreneurship, civic leadership and management.

During the six-week program, the visitors will also engage with numerous organizations and businesses in Northern Nevada. Through academic sessions, site visits, community service, cultural activities and leadership trainings, the visitors will gain a better understanding of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to implement in their home countries.

Individuals from the community will have the opportunity to collaborate with the visitors as a peer, mentor, or weekly dinner host. We are seeking individuals who share similar professional interests and are similar in age to the young African visitors. If you are a professional in Northern Nevada and interested in sharing cultural experiences, building international relationships, or networking, please contact Carina Black, cblack@unr.edu.

NNIC’s main objective is to foster better understanding between people through our public diplomacy programs, our language and culture projects and foreign policy forums. We serve as a resource for local residents as well as visitors interested in international activities and events. Our key programs include organizing programs for international visitors through the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies; providing interpretation and translation services in over 60 languages; and organizing educational events and activities for the university and general community.

Each One Can Reach One

The Northern Nevada International Center would like to thank you for hosting our visitors. Without your dedication to NNIC, our effort to connect local residents to the international community would not be achieved. Now, as we continue into 2015, we need your help.

Many sponsored programs are heading to the Reno community, with more international visitors than ever before. NNIC aims to support international experiences to highlight various cultures, customs and languages between our visitors and the community. We cannot craft this experience without the presence of our host families.

We welcome you back as a host family, but with a challenge: spread our message. We want to reach more Reno residents and begin to generate a fulfilling experience for host families, thereby fostering a memorable visit for international groups. We are searching for dedicated hosts just like you and your families.

Each one of you can reach one new family. Each one of you can craft and mold a phenomenal American experience for our international visitors. Each one of you can start today. We trust you with our mission. We believe in you.

The next NNIC-hosted programs will need home hosts and dinner hosts. We have two groups visiting from Belarus and Moldova.

Ten Belarusian visitors will visit Reno on a three-week USAID-sponsored program from March 18-April 8. These visitors are interested in learning about how our governmental and non-governmental sector collaborates to assist youth-at-risk. We are requesting home hosting from March 20-April 8 with visitors away for several out of town, overnight visits throughout the program.

The second group from Moldova will include five visitors. Each will learn about our efforts to combat human trafficking through an eight-day Open World program from April 10-18.

We seek home hosts who have an extra bedroom and can offer breakfast with some dinners to our guests. Visitors will be provided transportation each day through the program. No language proficiency needed.

If you are interested in hosting any of the above groups, please feel free to contact me for more information.

Home Hosts Needed for Upcoming USAID and Community Connections Programs

Hosting international visitors in your home or work offers an opportunity to learn how others think about the world, about us and about current affairs.  It offers insights on things we’ve perhaps never even thought of.  In other words, hosting broadens our horizon.  NNIC is seeking home hosts for several groups of visitors traveling to Reno during the months of March and April.

Ten Belarusian visitors will visit Reno on a three-week USAID program from March 18- April 8.  They are interested in learning about how our governmental and non-governmental sector collaborates to assist youth-at-risk.

The second group will consist of five visitors from Moldova who will learn about our efforts to combat human trafficking through an eight day Open World program from April 10-18.

We seek home hosts who have an extra bedroom and can offer breakfast and some dinners to our guests.   Visitors are picked up and dropped off each day.  For more information, please contact NNIC or click on the link below

Hosting International Visitors

Contact Information:

Carina Black, Ph.D.

784.7515, ext. 221

    cblack@unr.edu