Indianapolis Sister Cities: Onitsha, Nigeria

Explore Onitsha, Indianapolis' newest Sister City relationship!

Meet The Center: Peter Kirkwood

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I was born and raised on the intracoastal waterways and sea islands of South Carolina. As a military dependent, I had the opportunity to visit many parts of the U.S. and ultimately attended high school in Okinawa, Japan. After finishing up high school back in the states, I attended Ball State University (Chirp Chirp!) in East Central Indiana, where my father hails from, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins still live. At BSU, I studied Japanese, Anthropology, and Linguistics which prepared me for my next endeavor of teaching English

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

Indianapolis Sister Cities: Taipei, Taiwan

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


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 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 Americans know and love today

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. 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 out of diapers to well into their 80s. Seeing people on their way to-and-from school or work with a bicycle is a

Relocation Goes Gold

Relocation Services Recognized for Excellence at National Award Gala


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


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.

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