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. 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 five sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; Tema, Ghana; Cap-Haitien, Haiti; and Liyang, China. 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).

Upcoming Travel Opportunities to Columbia’s Sister Cities:

French Adult Cultural Exchange: In October 2020, Columbia will host a group of adults from Columbia’s French sister city, Cergy-Pontoise. The French group will be here from October 17-26. 

The itinerary for the visit is being planned by the Cergy-Pontoise Sister City Committee in coordination with the program manager for international exchange. It will include visits to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Mt. Vernon, Alexandria, Annapolis and a variety of sites in Columbia/Howard County. 

We are seeking volunteers who would like to meet and entertain our French visitors and act as “citizen diplomats.” You don’t need to speak French to help, but of course it is a bonus if you do. Volunteers can join the French Adult Exchange Planning Committee, host a French couple or single adult in your home, or participate in the daily planned trips and dinner potlucks. 

If you are interested in finding out more, please email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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.