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January Newsletter
2017 in Review
 by the numbers
What was 2017 like for CIPUSA? Click "read more" for a fun "by the numbers" infographic that shows a quick review of the year! 
2017 Building Bridges Participant,
Etty from Indonesia, looking out at
the Grand Canyon
2018 Building Bridges Program 
Applications due February 15
Last year's inaugural Building Bridges Program was a huge success! Now you can experience it for yourself and be a part of this year's program in Phoenix, Arizona from April 5 to May 17! CIPUSA's Building Bridges Program is a six-week professional development program under the Civil Society Theme: Social Services and NGO Administration. Please click the link below for more information about the program and details on how to apply. Deadline to apply is February 15. Spread the word! This is a great opportunity for international professionals to further develop their careers, while also fostering a better understanding of their host community in the U.S. and their own hometowns, to "build a bridge" connecting the two communities internationally.  
A meeting at the Open World Leadership Center in Washington D.C. on January 29
2018 Open World Programs
CIPUSA is pleased to announce that we have received a federally-funded grant to administer the Open World Leadership Program for the 10th year in a row! The Open World Program brings emerging leaders from former Soviet states to the U.S. to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise. Here is a list of programs CIPUSA and our Affiliate Offices will be hosting this year.


January 31 - Kalamazoo, MI - Russia
April 18 - Chicago, IL - Georgia
May 9 - Phoenix, AZ - Ukraine
October 24 - Cleveland, OH - Russia
Fireworks on Eiffel Tower
Photo by By Yann Caradec via
Wikimedia Commons
Travel Abroad Opportunities
Professional Exchange Programs
Looking to travel abroad this year? Consider being a part of a Professional Exchange Program! These programs offer professional, cultural and educational opportunities. Programs combine practical and theoretical information about the social and cultural environment of the host country and provide participants with the opportunity to present work methods and cultural trends of his or her home country.

Click "read more" for more information on the following upcoming programs and how to apply. Hurry, deadlines are fast approaching.


April 28 - May 18 
Argentina: September 7-30
France: September 19 - October 13
Italy: September 27 - October 14
Nepal: November 18 - December 8
Clurie Bennis
Clurie Bennis
Clurie Bennis
We are saddened to announce the passing of long time host family and supporter of CIPUSA, Clurie Bennis. Clurie hosted many of our participants from all over the world, particularly from Africa and Eastern Europe. She was a loving host who took great care over our participants and especially loved introducing them to Cleveland's art and culture scene with visits to the Cleveland Art Museum and Severance Hall. She will be missed dearly. Click "read more" for her obituary.

Clurie Williams Bennis
August 12, 1933 - January 7, 2018
Traditional Lithuanian Dance
Lithuanian Celebration of Independence
This February marks the 100th anniversary of Lithuania's Act of Independence! To celebrate, on Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m., Lithuanians of Northeast Ohio will be hosted a special musical program with 200 performers at Cleveland State University's Main Classroom Auditorium. Click "read more" for tickets and more information.
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