The Open World Leadership Center is an independent agency of the United States Congress. Through the Open World program, Rotary clubs in the United States have a unique opportunity to host groups of young, emerging leaders from 16 Open World countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan).
During their eight day stay, our guests get a firsthand look at the U.S. political system, business culture, and community life. Rotary clubs and districts, in turn, meet the next generation of Open World country leaders, establishing long-lasting ties and contributing to Rotary's work of spreading goodwill between cultures. Developed and operated by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, the program has worked with Rotary International since 1999. Learn more about its history on the official Open World Program Web site.
How it works:
Any U.S. Rotary club or district may participate. Each one hosts four or five Open World country delegates and one facilitator; and develops a program of study that focuses on specific aspects of the United States. The visitors stay in volunteers' homes, which provide them an introduction to U.S. family and community life.
Open World Program participants represent a broad range of political parties, ethnic groups, and professional backgrounds. Their average age is 38, and more than 44 percent are women. During intensive, short-term visits, participants learn about the responsibilities of and the relationships among the three branches of the U.S. government at the federal, state, and local levels. They also learn how private and nonprofit sectors help meet social and civic needs.
Programs of study are based on one of five civic themes: economic development, the environment, health and social services, local governance, and women as leaders. They focus on hands-on experiences, direct observation, and substantive dialogue between visitors and their U.S. professional counterparts through activities such as:
- Campaigning door-to-door with political candidates
- Attending city council meetings
- Accompanying police on patrols
- Joining newspaper editorial staff meetings
- Observing the jury selection process
Host clubs and districts have several responsibilities before, during, and after an Open World Program group visit. Rotary International receives a grant from the Open World Leadership Center that allows it to reimburse Rotary clubs for many of their hosting expenses. Download RI's Open World Program brochure for complete details on host requirements, including financial responsibilities.
Take a moment to look at the pictures below of our 2016 and 2017 Open World delegates. Also, click on this link: Photo Album as found on our home page to see more picture.
View the daily schedule for the Open World delegates:
Following is the link to the week long activities organized and implimented by Ed Moss and the members of the Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club. Click on this link: Open World Program to view the program listed for each day of the week.
Talk to the Russian Delegates
Open World has made a translation service available so that we can
communicate with the Russian delegates from our recent Open World program. Here is the information I have on the program from Jennifer Sewell in Evanston:
To get the translation service, sign up for the "Open World Digital Directory" at http://dd.openworld.gov/?IDLang=0. Once you're registered, login and search for OW alumni, post pictures, comments or essays about your experience with Open World. Additionally, this digital directory comes with automatic translation from Russian to English and vice versa.
OPEN WORLD PHOTOS FROM 2016 and 2017
The Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club hosted delegates from the Open World Program sponsored by Rotary International and the US Library of Congress. The delegates, from Vladivostok, Russia, lived with our club members and their families during the week of June 4-12, 2016. The program focused on environmental protection issues.