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Alecia Kissel—International Explorer, Hoosier Host

Home hospitality host Alecia Kissel’s nephew responded to every child’s favorite question to receive— “What do you want to be when you grow up?” —with an answer Kissel loved to hear: “An explorer like you!” Kissel has her own collection of travels, from Spain to Thailand, but she expands her international explorations by acting as a home hospitality host for The International Center. As a home hospitality volunteer, she hosts international visitors that are in Indianapolis as part of professional development programs coordinated by the United States Department of State, national program agencies and local organizations, including The International
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Indianapolis Sister Cities: Taipei, Taiwan

BLOG: Explore Taipei, the first of Indianapolis' nine sister cities!

AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER, EVERY DAY IS FLAG DAY

Americans’ relationship with their flag is a special and patriotic one- so much so that they’ve devoted a day to celebrate the Stars and Stripes and the impact that it has made on flag displays in the U.S. In commemoration of the American Flag adoption by President Woodrow Wilson in 1777, Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14. While it’s not recognized as a federal holiday, many states have incorporated parades and ceremonial raisings into their observance of Flag Day. Twenty-six variations of the flag have flown since the first flag was adopted, and the 50-star flag that
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Autobahns and Bicycles: Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. This year, National Bike to Work Week is being observed on May 13-19 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17. But wait: Why do we need to encourage folks to ride their bike? In my native Germany, people are bicycle friendly. I remember riding my bike to school every day. Many ride bicycles from barely
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Relocation Goes Gold

Relocation Services Recognized for Excellence at National Award Gala

A NEW OOMPH!

Summer is finally upon us, which means a new cohort of interns has arrived at The International Center. The Center brings in new interns each semester, allowing students to experience and excel in a work environment with international flair. The International Center allows interns to be themselves by bringing their own ideas and unique backgrounds into the workplace. LET’S TALK INTERNS Alli Tinch: Internship Coordinator Question: What qualities do you look for when choosing interns to help advance The International Center? Answer: Someone who is openminded, well organized, and enjoys learning about different cultures and diversity. Martin Baier: President
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IN VIEW: EUROPE

INDIANA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH EUROPE Dignitaries and passengers gathered in Concourse A of the Indianapolis International Airport as a new gateway to Europe was opened on May 24. The inaugural flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport marked a new day in Hoosier-Euro connections. The Delta Flight 500 took off at 6:12 pm, just in time to return to Indianapolis for the 102nd running of the Indy 500. Local business leaders and dignitaries, including Governor Eric J. Holcomb, were on board returning from a trade mission to Europe. The trade mission to six countries was led by Governor Eric J.
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A Royal Affair: What a Royal Wedding Means to Me Being a Brit!

Members of the Royal Family are the most important figureheads in the U.K. They graciously serve the U.K. at home and abroad, serving to unite not only the U.K., but also the Commonwealth. It’s been a tradition since as late as 1919 for residents and neighborhood communities to hold street parties. We close our streets, lay out long tables, serve food and drink, put up the bunting (little triangle flags) and don party hats. You can feel the national pride in the air! I have wonderful memories as a little girl being part of the festivities to celebrate the
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The Future of a Global Indiana

Since the 70s, The International Center has been “the center” of Indianapolis’ global presence. In 1972, The International Center provided interpreters and translators for the NATO Conference of Mayors held in Indianapolis. The Center officially formed in 1973 and continues to serve as an invaluable resource to public, private, and civic sectors across the state of Indiana. The work we do directly and indirectly impacts all Hoosiers. Investors from other countries create new jobs; expatriates relocate to Indiana to lend their expertise in fields like medicine, agriculture, and technology. International visitors spend time in our state, meeting with a variety of
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Hoosier Hospitality: Making FDIC Delegates Feel Right at Home

The International Center welcomes visitors from all around the world to Indiana throughout the year, connecting them to resources and sharing knowledge and networks to make them feel at home in the Hoosier State. For example, The Center is the local administrator for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program where in 2017 we hosted 115 visitors on professional exchange programs. In addition, our destination services department provided relocation services to 133 families expatriating to Indianapolis on corporate assignments. By far, however, the greatest number of visitors we receive are when the firefighters come to town. From
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