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Mark Barnett
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Hosting Folks from Kazakhstan!
by Mark Barnett on May 20th, 2014

The Center for Safe Energy of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, CA, is seeking host families in Austin for a delegation of visiting from Kazakhstan June 13-21, 2014, as part of the U.S. Congress's Open World Program ( The focus of the group's trip will be to learn about alternative energy and green businesses, as well as about American culture.

Four Open World delegations have been home hosted in Mueller in the past few years – from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. – two environmental groups were hosted by the Center for Safe Energy, and two groups- 1 educational and 1 on media - by UT Austin's Slavic Studies department (both coordinated by the same program coordinator).

Several of the past host families are again volunteering for this group, but we need a few more beds. We hope to have them all housed together in Mueller again, not only so they can be near each other, but also so they can get to know the warm and open community there that made the last delegations so special. The delegates have not been to the US before and are required to stay with host families in order to get a better sense of American life. Please note that several of the guests are allergic to dog and cat dander.

The group of five delegates, their facilitator from Kazakhstan, and their interpreter will meet with local environmental groups and government representatives to learn how both work on environmental policy.

We can work with host families' schedules and they can be involved as much or as little as they like. The delegates will be at meetings and cultural events throughout the day, returning to the homes often after dinner and/or evening events. We do like to plan a few dinners at each host's home to get hosts and delegates acquainted (interpretation provided as needed). There is also a final banquet on one of the last nights for all hosts and delegates.

If you are interested in hosting or being involved, please email Tamara Kowalski at for more information. Hope to hear from you soon!
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