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.

Upcoming Trips in 2018

Travel to Ghana (in West Africa):  Experience the culture of Ghana and visit Columbia’s Sister City, Tema, with other Columbia/Howard County residents during this 10-day tour in September 2018 organized by Intraworld Exchange Corporation. The tour departs on Sun, Sept. 16, and returns Wed, Sept. 26. The tour is for adults and children should over 12 years. The itinerary includes a wide range of sights and cultural experiences, including open-air markets, traditional ceremonies, African cultural dancing, arts and crafts centers, fishing villages, walking in the forest canopy, and tours of the Cape Coast and Elmina slave castles. 

To view the trip itinerary, CLICK HERE!

Cost of trip: Land Package, double occupancy, which includes transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfast and most dinners, and tour guide services is $1,698; airfare, subject to availability is $1,300. See the itinerary for more details.

To see photos of the last Columbia group trip to Ghana in 2016, click here.

For more information, contact Gabriel Pomary (intragav@aol.com) or 301-562-4959 at Intraworld Exchange Corporation. Itinerary includes details on prices and a registration form. Check back for website which is currently being redesigned.

Travel to Haiti (in the Caribbean):  The Build Haiti Foundation is seeking adult mentors to join the Global Leadership Program (GLP) in Haiti this summer (July 7-16). The GLP takes high school and college-age teens and young adults to Haiti to experience Haitian culture, engage in interactive community leadership activities with Haitian students and work directly with Haitian youth on public health, environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship.

All participants live with the program leaders in a house in the small village of Camp Coq, outside Columbia’s Sister City of Cap-Haitien. They will tour the city of Cap-Haitien and visit the capital of Port-au-Prince to learn about the urban challenges Haitian people face. They also help organize a soccer tournament with local youth; enjoy scenic beaches; visit the historic UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, the mountaintop fortress of Citadelle; visit local markets and restaurants and; listen to Creole music.

Information Sessions for the Global Leadership Program will be held on Thursday, February 15 and Tuesday, March 20 from 7-8pm at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia.

For the itinerary and more information on the Global Leadership Program, go to:  http://thebuildhaitifoundation.org/projects-services/leadership-mentoring/contact or 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.