- Cultural exchange - learn about different countries, cultures and languages firsthand
- Develop cultural sensitivity, understanding and appreciation of cultural differences
- Lifelong friendships with people from around the world
- Become an ambassador for your local community
- Shape the views that international visitors have of the United States and its citizens
- Adequate compensation for homestay hosting
We arrange homestays for the international visitors. Homestay is a period of time during which a student or visitor lives with the host family and participates in family activities. Although the majority of our the homestays are compensated, there are several volunteer hosting opportunities throughout the year depending on the program.
Hospitality dinners for international leaders
Home hospitality is one the best ways for international visitors to the U.S. to gain true insights into how Americans live. For people not familiar with American culture, one of their only ways of learning about America is through what Hollywood and our media produce. Shows such as Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, Dallas, and Jersey Shore paint a picture of Americans and our culture that is, in the majority of cases, far from the truth. Through visits to the U.S. and home hospitality, we as American citizens and residents are given the unique opportunity to dispel many of the myths and aggrandized images about America and our culture.Hospitality dinners are also a unique opportunity to get to know emerging leaders from around the world in a relaxed atmosphere – your own home – and visiting professionals are always grateful for the opportunity to experience American hospitality.
Large delegations are normally separated into pairs so that each host will have just a couple of visitors and their interpreter if an interpreter will be required. You are welcome to invite whomever you wish to attend the dinner with the delegates. The dinner should be whatever your family would normally serve and doesn't need to be fancy, catered, or be something that the visitors would eat in their home countries. The visitors are usually very eager to try American foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, pastas, vegetarian dishes, etc. However, some of GlobalPittsburgh’s visitors may have dietary restrictions due to religious beliefs, but you would be informed of that well in advance.
Holiday Dinners for international members (students and young professionals)
Every year, local families open their homes for international students and newcomers to share the
traditions of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and other holidays with them. GlobalPittsburgh provides this unique opportunity to its international members.