Kansas City - Both Weeks Only

Kansas City  KS
Village Presbyterian Church  
Program runs from: 12/16/2017  to  01/02/2018

Program ends January 2, 2018!
Sunflower State
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 which we will watch as they turn on the lights one evening while drinking hot chocolate. 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. We will visit a TV station and watch an evening news broadcast from behind the camera. And because Kansas City is the home of Jazz we will not only listen to live Jazz at a club, but visit the Jazz Museum. Our days will be full of activities all around the Kansas City area and these are just a few of the fun things we have planned for you.

We also include opportunities for community service in our program. You will have the chance to work at Harvesters’ Community Food Network. A second event planned for the last couple years is sorting holiday gifts for the Rose Brooks Women’s Shelter. Our days will be full of activities all around the Kansas City area and these are just a few of the fun things we have planned for you. Another great dynamic of our program is that we intentionally target our student composition for half female participants and half male participants.

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 there are 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 of square dancing that your entire host family in invited to. A favorite is International Night at which you are invited to prepare your favorite dish from your country to share with all of the host families. Please bring your favorite recipes, pictures and even attire from your home country to share.

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) with a high of 30 to 50 degrees during the day. Ice, snow is 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.
 
 
Program Size 12
Program Type Home Stay
Accomodations Single Students (Male & Female)
Clothing Suggestions Warm clothes
Suggested Cash Spending money for souvenirs.
Program Dates 12/16/2017 to 01/02/2018
Stay Options Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
Airport MCI Kansas City International
Train Depot AMTRAK - Union Station
Bus Depot
Driving Directions Upon request
Weather Forecast Cool to cold – 10-50 degrees
Local Attractions Plaza Lights, Jazz Museum, Nelson Art Gallery, Sprint Center, Liberty Memorial, Steamboat Arabia, Hallmark Visitor Center, Crown Center and many others.
Program Web Site www.villagepres.org