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.

Travel to Haiti (in the Caribbean):  The Build Haiti Foundation is leading a trip in January 2019 for adults/professionals interested in exploring Cap-Haitien and the village of Camp Coq where the Global Leadership Program (GLP) takes place in the summer. For more information on the Global Leadership Program, please contact Build Haiti Foundation president Bob Anantua (BAnantua@TheBuildHaitiFoundation.org or 443-285-3956) or David Weeks (weeks@Glenelg.org or 443-794-4302)

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 cuisine 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.