Kansas City, KS

 Apply here:  https://www.tfaforms.com/5022388


This year will be our 20th and the FINAL year that this program is offered since our first in 2003.  Please read our blog post here to learn about last year's program experiences.


We hope you will consider coming to the “heart” of the United States and share your holidays with friends in Kansas City. We are in the gently rolling eastern hills of Kansas. It is not the flat treeless plains that many people think of when they hear Kansas!

You will have an opportunity to visit two states: Kansas and Missouri because Kansas City’s metropolitan area spans across 40 miles, two states and has a population of over 1.2 million residents. It is the largest city in Kansas and second largest city in Missouri. Kansas City is the birthplace of many Jazz artists and our most famous cuisine is barbecue. But if you ask our previous students what makes Kansas City special they would say the people. We would love to bring you into our homes and show off our beloved Kansas City!

One of the places we can’t wait to show you in Kansas City is the Plaza. The Plaza is one of the first outdoor shopping districts in the country built in the 1920s. The architecture is modeled off of our sister city, Seville, Spain. The Plaza is decorated with over 80,000 lights at Christmas. We will visit The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson has one of the most acclaimed collections of Asian Art. Another museum that we will visit is the Liberty Memorial. This is the only WWI Museums in the country. It is newly remodeled and has a great view of the downtown area.  And because Kansas City is the home of Jazz we will visit the Jazz Museum. 


We also include opportunities for community service in our program. You may have the chance to work at Thelma's Kitchen. 


Our days will be full of activities all around the Kansas City area including opportunities for relaxation and fun like bowling, pickle ball, or ice skating and we eat at some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants.


Village Presbyterian Church welcomes you in their homes to share the joy of Christmas with their families. The students each year make Christmas so special, and the memories will forever be treasured. Each year we find it difficult to say good-bye to the students and we have kept in touch with many of them.  

Your evenings will include time with your host family as well as one special night for our International Night Pot Luck at which you are invited to prepare your favorite dish from your country to share with all of the host families. 


While you are visiting Kansas City the host families and churches will provide your transportation, meals and entrance fees for group excursions. You may want to have some spending money for shopping.


The weather will range from cool to cold. (the wake up temperature can range from 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit) with a high of 30 to 50 degrees during the day. Ice and snow are also a possibility so warm socks and boots or heavy shoes are recommended.


Our closest airport is Kansas City International, and we will provide transportation to and from.


We hope you will come and enjoy our hospitality and fellowship. We look forward to meeting you, introducing you to our city, but most of all getting to know you and sharing the holidays with you.  


Application Deadline: November 8 

Cost: $99 and your travel to and from Kansas City

Program Size:  5

Program Type:  Home Stay
Accommodations:  Single Students (Male & Female)
Clothing Suggestions:  Warm clothes
Suggested Cash:  Spending money for souvenirs
Program Dates: Dec. 21-Dec. 27, arrival on Dec. 20 and departure on Dec. 28

Airport:  MCI Kansas City International
Train Depot:  AMTRAK - Union Station
Bus Depot: Greyhound Bus Station

                     1101 Troost Ave
                     Kansas City, MO 64106

Driving Directions:  Upon request
Weather Forecast:  Cool to cold, 10-50 degrees Fahrenheit 
Local Attractions:  Plaza Lights, Jazz Museum, Nelson Art Gallery, Sprint Center, Liberty Memorial, Steamboat Arabia, Hallmark Visitor Center, Crown Center and many others.
Host Web Site:  www.villagepres.org


COVID-19 Note: Proof of vaccination is required for participants and host families.