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Fifteen European Professional Fellows learning in northwest Ohio

Fifteen European Professional Fellows learning in northwest Ohio

Albanian and Romanian members of the U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows program that is visiting the U.S. in October and November 2019. Other countries represented by the delegation include Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia.


Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development (GLC) will host community-organizing professional fellows from Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia who are participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program for six weeks in the United States. The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

The fellows arrive Oct. 9 in northwest Ohio and will stay four days in the area. Their schedule includes an Oct. 10 meeting with Toledo City Councilman Nick Komives at the City of Toledo to learn about U.S. governance, transparency, election and citizen engagement that keeps government and elected leaders accountable. The fellows will attend a public event Oct. 12 at the Hungarian Club of Toledo where they will make presentations about their countries and meet with community members. The fellows will then meet with host mentors at sites throughout the U.S.

GLC, a program of Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP), has successfully worked on the Professional Fellows Program since 2011, allowing more than 255 European fellows from Europe to participate in the program. The Professional Fellows Program embraces the power of individual citizens to find solutions to meet challenges in their societies and promote shared global prosperity. U.S. mentors who participate in the program also travel overseas to help internationalize their U.S. host business and organizations.

GLCAP is one of 15 U.S.-based non-profit organizations chosen to host approximately 280 foreign professionals during fall 2019 from more than 60 countries and territories worldwide. The program culminates in a three-day Professional Fellows Congress, Nov. 20-22, in Washington, D.C. where the participants gathers to design real-world solutions and projects they can implement in their home communities and institutions.

GLC is a collaborative effort of Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, The University of Toledo and GLCAP. Through the consortium, more than 1,400 foreign guests have come to northwest Ohio and more than 1,000 Americans have traveled overseas for various international programs during GLC’s 20-year history.

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