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2015 Holiday Appeal - Beyond Syria
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Since last summer all of the United States witnessed the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing their brutal civil war. This exodus left many wondering what were the implications for refugee resettlement in the US: http://goo.gl/vbB8GH
 
2015 Holiday Appeal - Survivor Support Services
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Domestic Violence occurs at the same rate across all communities. The murder rate is significantly higher among immigrant and refugee women because of the barriers they face in seeking freedom. Read the latest installment of our 2015 Holiday Appeal: http://goo.gl/l7Uho9

 
2015 Holiday Appeal - Cultural Calendar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Whether the Chopin Singing Society, Korean Dancers, Ugandan drummers, or the Karen Wrist Tying festival, IIB has been home to newcomer celebrations for more than a century.

 
2015 Holiday Appeal - Akili's Story
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Akili and his wife Reny fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. After a 1,300 mile journey and six years in a refugee camp, they're building a new life in Buffalo: http://goo.gl/EfYNms

 
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Opportunities to host international visitors

Professional Meetings

As a local affiliate of Global Ties U.S., the International Institute frequently hosts participants in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program and the Open World Program. These international delegations are here in Western New York to:

  • share best practices with their counterparts
  • understand more about workplace issues in the United States that are relevant to their fields
  • teach Americans about their countries and cultures
  • learn about life in America
  • contribute to mutual understanding between peoples and global cooperation

Professional hosts meet with delegations, usually during the workday, to discuss issues of common interest and learn more about each other's workplace environment, successes and challenges. Meetings usually last approximately 60-90 minutes, but can be shorter or longer depending on the needs of the delegate's professional program, interests of the visitors and hosts, and time available.

If you are interested in hosting international visitors for professional meetings, please contact our International Exchanges & Education Coordinators:

Christopher Allaire at (716) 883-1900 ext. 332, callaire@iibuff.org, or Emily Reid at (716) 883-1900, ext. 310, ereid@iibuff.org

Please visit our Upcoming Delegations page to find out more about international visitors who will be in Western New York in the near future.

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Dinner Hospitality and Homestays

The International Institute of Buffalo frequently offers opportunities to welcome international visitors into your home for dinner or homestays. Visitors are usually either participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program or students at the University at Buffalo's English Langauge Institute. Whether for an evening or an overnight homestay, this is a great opportunity to learn more about life in another country, meet wonderful people, and create lasting friendships and memories.

If you are interested in hosting in your home, please fill out our online Survey for Prospective Home Hospitality Hosts.  Staff of the International Exchanges & Education Department will contact you shortly to inform you of upcoming dinner hospitality and homestay opportunities. back to top

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"(Buffalo) really is a lovely city and their people are brave...and so friendly.  Thank you!  We are brothers!"

 -Uruguayan Delegate, 2007



The mission of the International Institute of Buffalo is to assist immigrants, refugees, their families, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
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