Starting this August, the West Virginia Council of International Programs will welcome mid-career professionals from around the globe to spend 4 months in Morgantown to work, study, and experience American culture while enjoying West Virginia hospitality.
Since 1970, the West Virginia Council of International Programs (CIP) has coordinated this unique exchange program. In collaboration with West Virginia University, it provides an exchange experience that enhances professional skills, improves cross-cultural communication, and provides insights into American life and society for international professionals. Participants come from a wide array of backgrounds including academia, social work, industry and business.
This Fall, beginning in August, we will be hosting up to 10 participants from all corners of the globe, including Germany, Vietnam, Nigeria, Brazil, and Mexico. A major part of their experience is to stay is to live with community members and their families to introduce them to American culture and make them feel at home in West Virginia.
Hosting lasts 4 weeks at a time. Families can sign up for one or multiple homestays. The program concludes in mid-November. During that time, host families will have the opportunity to share their lives in Morgantown, participate in WVCIP coordinated activities with other international participants, and attend mid-week cultural presentations.
Families will receive a host family orientation through WVCIP and are eligible for an activity reimbursement up to $50.
Please email Andrew Barnes, WVCIP board member, at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-669-4046 by June 30 if you have interest in being a host for our international guests. For more information on WVCIP please visit https://international.wvu.edu/cip.