The Benefits of Being a Host Family

We would like to encourage anyone who is considering being a host family this year and in the future.  We have done it every year now and intend to continue doing it in the future.  In fact, we were told last year that we are now considered to be the University of Trento in Blacksburg, which we consider to be a real compliment. 

The reason that we do it is that we have have a lot of fun with the teams.  They are mature graduate students from another country who are very talented and interesting to talk to.  The intrusions are minimal and last only a week, but the cultural stimulation is deep and can last for a long time.  We have been invited to visit them many times and last year met one of their faculty members who had dinner with all of us.  In short, it is a fun experience that we thoroughly enjoy. 

– Sue and John Muffo

We invite you to join Sue and John and become a host family for the 2012 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, just two months away!

Here are the details about being a host family (.pdf), Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25, 2012.

During the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, you will meet students from all over the world – please check out our global map showing all of our University Partners.

Let us know you will be a global host family for the almost 40 global students arriving in the Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia area on August 19!

For more information about being a host family, please contact Lindsey Eversole at [email protected].

Pictures of the 2011 Global Challenge Celebration can be seen on VT KnowledgeWorks on Facebook and VTKW Global Student Challenge on Facebook.

The third annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will bring university students, faculty, and staff from all over the world together to congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks. The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and business relationships.

For more information, please call 540-443-9100 or email [email protected].

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship building possible: The Allegheny Logistics Group, CCS-Inc., Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, G.J. Hopkins Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., NetVentures, Novozymes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Rackspace, SAIC, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, The Branch Group Inc., Virginia Tech, Virginia Corporate Research Center, and VPT, Inc.

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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