Art, Culture and Culinary Exchanges: CA occasionally conducts exchanges for adults involving art, cuisine, architecture and other forms of culture. There have been several cuisines and art exchanges with Columbia’s sister city of Cergy-Pontoise, France. Adults travel to one of Columbia’s sister cities as a group, live with host families, and experience the culture and sights of that city/country. Often these same adults host visitors from the other city in the next year.

Hosting adults from Columbia’s Sister Cities: Columbia/Howard County families can host an adult international visitor from one of Columbia’s four Sister Cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; and Tema, Ghana.  There are also often requests for hosts for visitors coming to our area for State Department or USAID study groups. State Department visits are coordinated by the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore (

For more information on upcoming exchanges and hosting, email