Community Connections Program

The Community Connections (CC) Program, under the Bureau of Education Growth and Trade (EGAT)/Office of Education of USAID, is designed to promote public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural ideas and values between participants, U.S. families and local community host organizations. The CC Program offers home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for entrepreneurs, local government officials, legal professionals, non-governmental organization leaders and other professionals from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 

The goals of the Community Connections program are to: 
• Provide participants with professional training and exposure to day-to-day functioning of a free market system; 
• Encourage public-private partnerships in Europe/Eurasia by including private sector and government participants on U.S. visits; 
• Create links between U.S. and Europe/Eurasia regions and communities. 

To learn more about the Community Connections Program, please contact Autumn Harris, Manager of Community Programs, at (314) 727-9988,