Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. participation in international training programs, international seminars and international volunteers. As part of the international YWCA movement and the World YWCA, the YWCA of the U.S.A. participates in cooperative programming, leadership development projects and volunteer opportunities. These programs increase international understanding, facilitate the exchange of ideas and skills and support the worldwide movement. In cooperation with the YWCA of Canada, the YWCA of the U.S.A. sponsors an international training institute in 1965 inviting YWCA leaders to discuss the role of women, girls and religion in the changing social, political and spiritual world. Another collaborative project with the YWCA of Canada and also the World YWCA is an international seminar discussing the states of the United Nations and in response to its seventeenth general assembly. The World YWCA and the YWCA of the U.S.A. has taken an interest in the United Nations since its creation and follows their role and development in relation to the international community. In order to encourage mutual understanding between the United States and Latin America and foster increased cooperation between the national associations, the YWCA's of Latin America and the YWCA of the U.S.A. participate in an exchange program, sharing skills, learning about each other's culture and spending time abroad. The study tour of Eastern Europe and the Middle East has similar goals of exchange of ideas and increasing international understanding. Special projects are summarized and assessed in reports that include background information on the development of each project. Additional project documents include bulletins, participant profiles, correspondence, press releases and participant reflections. Following these reports and documents concerning international projects is an outline of qualifications and expectations for international volunteers and a set of questionnaires sent to national associations concerning their volunteer needs and requesting input on an international volunteer program.
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International Division, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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