Akron International Friendship (AIF) recently welcomed a group of Ukrainians studying Accountable Governance through the Open World Program. The guests are matched with local host families for their week stay.
While in Akron, the delegates visited several government offices around Summit and Portage Counties, and took part in local cultural activities. The delegation also met with representatives from The University of Akron and Kent State University.
The visiting delegates included Bohdan Mykolayovych Aleshchenko, Viktoriya Viktorivna Baltser, Vitaliy Mykolayovych Kravchuk, Viktor Oleksiyovych Kvasov, Pavlo Anatoliyovych Timofyeyev, Kateryna Serhiyivna Shevtsova, and Ms. Kateryna (Kate) Serhiyiva Shevtsova accompanies them as a facilitator.
The Open World delegation met with the Mayor’s office, observing planning and city council meetings, visited the Akron Global Business Accelerator, University Park Alliance, Akron Community Foundation, Ukrainian Museum, Portage County Government Offices, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Summit County, Downtown Akron Partnership, Myers Motors and Tallmadge Middle School.
Akron International Friendship is located in Quaker Square Suite 233, and AIF was founded as Hosting International Travelers in 1977. Its visionary founders realized that our community is enhanced by the presence of international dignitaries, scholars and guests. Each of AIF’s volunteers – local and international – is a citizen diplomat. Citizen diplomacy is the understanding that it is each of our responsibility to better understand global diversity, cultures, religions, and situations. It is also our privilege to share the best of American values: goodwill, volunteerism, professionalism, hospitality, diversity and pride in our democratic nation- with our international guests.