Join an 80 year tradition of citizen diplomacy
There are many ways you can contribute and make a real difference. We can't fulfill our mission without good people like you.
Host international visitors
Take networking to a whole new level by sharing your professional knowledge with international visitors who work in a similar field. By welcoming an international visitor into your office, you will have the chance to exchange knowledge with a leader in your field from abroad, establish new contacts, and gain insight into another culture. Professional hosting opportunities are available in most industries, and are available year-round.
Do you enjoy meeting people from other countries? Become a citizen diplomat by spending a casual evening of conversation and food with international visitors. Dinner hospitality is a great way to interact on an informal, personal level with international visitors, who often cite dinners with Iowa families as their most enjoyable experience during their stay! Hospitality hosting opportunities are available year-round for groups of 1-6 people.
Show off your local knowledge by serving as a volunteer driver. You’re guaranteed to learn something new, too, as escorts accompany visitors to their meetings and often join them for lunch and cultural activities. Volunteer must have a valid driver’s license and are subject to background checks. Volunteer drivers are not reimbursed for their mileage.
‘Explore Des Moines’ Host
If a visiting group has an extra free night during their visit, you can help visitors see more of Des Moines. These are optional outings for the visitors. Volunteers and visitors meet in the hotel lobby at a designated time, discuss options for the evening, and then pair up based on interests. A meal should be included in the plan, but the visitors are expected to pay for their dinner. Give them a drive around Des Moines and show them everything the city has to offer! Explore Des Moines volunteers must have a flexible attitude and a willingness to provide transportation. Explore Des Moines outings generally last 2 to 3 hours, and these opportunities are available year-round.
Have an extra bedroom? Homestay hosting is an excellent opportunity to spend time with international visitors in your own home as you provide lodging during their Des Moines program. We have homestay hosting opportunities for as little as one night or as long as three weeks. It is one of our most popular opportunities!
Dinner hospitality is a great way to interact on an informal, personal level with international visitors, who often cite dinners with Iowa families as their most enjoyable experience during their stay! Hospitality hosting opportunities are available year-round for groups of 1-6 people.
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