COPE

Community Orientation Program for Expatriates

The International Center’s Community Orientation Program for Expatriates (COPE) is a series of small group sessions that introduce important aspects of American culture to help newcomers feel quickly at ease in their new country, enhancing a family’s cultural adjustment, and ensuring a successful assignment in Indiana. Participants have the opportunity to meet other newly arrived expatriates, share their experiences and be a part of a support group during their stay in Indianapolis and beyond.

Focused Topics passport

  • Bridging the cultural gap
  • American social customs and holidays
  • American health care system
  • Personal and family safety
  • Finances in the United States
  • Volunteerism
  • Orientation tour of the city
  • Education –preschool to college

Program Panelists

Expert speakers are drawn from the community to enhance the program and answer in depth questions based off of the needs of the group:

  • The public information officer from a local law enforcement agency and a fire safety officer from the local fire department discusses personal and public safety
  • A local financial institution representative provides an insight into finance in the U.S.
  • A medical professional who speaks on the U.S. healthcare system
  • Community leaders introduce the Association of International Women, educational and cultural resources, and volunteer opportunities

Interested in this service?

Talk to us About COPE

Contact CaSondra Shim, Director of Relocation Services
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