Explore the world via Columbia’s Sister Cities:  Columbia/Howard County residents can experience the varied cultures of Columbia’s Sister Cities in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean through a variety of trips and exchanges.

Columbia Association does not organize trips to its sister cities, but travel is offered from time to time via outside travel agents. Reference on this site to any specific trip, program or service, or the use of any organization, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by CA.

Upcoming Travel Opportunities to Columbia’s Sister Cities:

Adult Exchanges & Hosting

Art, Culture and Culinary Exchanges: CA occasionally conducts exchanges for adults involving art, cuisine, architecture and other forms of culture. There have been several cuisines and art exchanges with Columbia’s sister city in France, Cergy-Pontoise, and a culinary exchange with Tres Cantos, Spain is being planned for spring 2018. Adults travel to one of Columbia’s sister cities as a group, live with host families, and experience the culture and sights of that city/country. Often these same adults host visitors from the other city in the next year.

Hosting adults from Columbia’s Sister Cities: Columbia/Howard County families can host an adult international visitor from one of Columbia’s four Sister Cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; and Tema, Ghana.  There are also often requests for hosts for visitors coming to our area for State Department or USAID study groups. State Department visits are coordinated by the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore (wtci.org).

For more information on upcoming exchanges and hosting, email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.