Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 (Midnight, U.S. Eastern Time)
The Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange is a unique opportunity for leaders in Germany and the U.S. to share promising approaches to welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into their communities.
Participants will learn important new skills around issues such as community engagement, refugee outreach, positive communications, local policy development, evaluation, and many other areas critical for creating a welcoming community where all members can thrive. The program aims to build the capacity of local integration leaders and, through them, strengthen the welcoming infrastructure of the communities in which they work. The program is administered by Cultural Vistas, Welcoming America, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America.
Each year, the program brings together 25 Germans and 16 Americans for site visits, workshops, and the creation of action plans to improve the integration processes in their communities. The program consists of in-person exchanges and online interactions, with the goals of:
- Collectively finding innovative solutions to the challenges of unexpected influxes of migrants to communities in the U.S. and Germany
- Creating and strengthening the “welcoming infrastructures” in these communities
- Creating a sustainable network of integration practitioners in the U.S. and Germany who can learn from and offer support to one another
The program seeks the participation of “teams” of integration practitioners from a common community, who will be able to work together to improve the integration processes at various levels of their community following the exchange.
- From Germany: 5 communities of 5 participants each = 25 participants per year
- From the U.S.: 4 communities of 4 participants each = 16 participants per year
A total of 4 teams from the U.S. and 5 teams from Germany will be selected to participate in the 2016 program, representing 9 communities total.
Applications for all members of your community are due December 1 by midnight (Eastern Time). Each candidate may, at their own discretion, include a letter of support from their organization as part of the online application. Applications will be reviewed and acceptance decisions will be made by a selection committee representing Cultural Vistas, Welcoming America, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
Please note that the language of the exchange will be English, and that all participants must be able to communicate in and understand spoken and written English.
Costs and Logistics
- There is no financial cost to participate in the Exchange.
- The Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange will provide roundtrip transatlantic flight, accommodation and transportation, health/accident insurance during travel, and per-diem for basic expenses like food while abroad.
- Participants will gain professional contacts, trainings, and new ideas that can benefit their communities.
- Participants must be available during the tentative dates of the U.S. and Germany portions of the 2017 exchange: April 29 – May 9, 2017 (US portion) and November 3 – November 13, 2017 (Germany portion).
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