From Center of Cultural Interchange to CCI Greenheart – A change in our name!
By: Haldis Toppen, Work and Travel Cultural Outreach Coordinator
The Center for Cultural Interchange has changed our name! It is now known as CCI Greenheart, under the umbrella of Greenheart International. Are you new to CCI Greenheart and the Greenheart brand? Here is our brief history:
Since 1985, CCI Greenheart has offered cultural exchange programs in the U.S. that connect Americans with international students. As the leading nonprofit cultural exchange sponsor that blends service learning and volunteerism into all of our programs, we are effectively creating a community of compassionate and conscious global citizens.
Things changed a few years ago, when the vision of Greenheart was created. President and founder of the Center for Cultural Interchange Emanuel Kuntzelman, had this to say: “There are major shifts taking place in our society, and Greenheart wants to be a leader in this transformation. By offering programs that relate to travel, cultural exchange, fair trade, volunteerism, environmental care and personal development, Greenheart fosters change makers and global citizens in a holistic way. Through this Greenheart community, we aim to create a more peaceful and sustainable world. This is our mission.”
On May 3rd, the launch of the Greenheart International brand was celebrated with the Greenheart International Launch Party. The launch event celebrated the four Greenheart branches – CCI Greenheart, Greenheart Travel, Greenheart Shop, Greenheart Transforms, as well as Greenheart’s sister projects,Greenheart Ibiza, the birthplace of Greenheart, and Greenheart Music. Look out for changes to our email domain (old: cci-exchange, new: ccigreenheart) as well! For more information on how our launch went, you may have read Luis’s journey through the party as a new staff member to CCI Greenheart.
If you are new to CCI Greenheart or are an old friend of the Center for Cultural Interchange, please share our vision of a new global dialogue of sustainability, citizen diplomacy and personal growth. To be a part of the vision of Greenheart, you can volunteer in your community, travel abroad, host an exchange student, buy fair trade or diversify your work place by hiring an international university student!
As Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”