Charlotte Sister Cities International Internship Program

In the fall of 2000, Krystian and Basia both traveled from Wrocław to Charlotte to serve as our Charlotte Sister Cities international interns.  Interns were invited from each of our Sister Cities to work inside the Charlotte Sister Cities office to gain valuable work experience and practice their English skills for a 3-month timeframe.  Our Sister Cities contacts recommended the best applicants and we worked together with them to finalize all pre-trip preparations and visa requirements.  Our international interns paid for their airfare to and from Charlotte, and in return the Charlotte Sister Cities office set up host families for them during their entire stay and managed all programs and activities for them during their stay.  Host families took care of all housing, food, and excursion expenses, and transported them where they needed to go while they were in Charlotte.  One of Basia’s host families was Daryle Ryce (pictured below), who was a local well-known artist/singer songwriter that performed at many Charlotte music venues. 

Provided by Tracey Trimble, Charlotte Sister Cities

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Krystian, Daryle Rice, and Basia in Charlotte

Wrocław - Charlotte Relationship Timeline

March 5 – 16, 2009 – A group from Charlotte, including the Queens University Concert Choir, visits Wrocław and Prague.  Councilwoman Nancy Carter accompanies the group, opportunities for economic and civic exchange are explored.


Spring 2008 – Presentation about Wrocław at the Main Library (part of the International Partnerships series)


November 6 – 18, 2007 - Mieczysław Grabuńczyk visits Charlotte for the Southern Christmas show. He carves and paints wooden carvings of the Nativity crèche in a traditional Polish style.


Winter 2006 - Anetta Zajączkowska showcases her crafts at the Southern Christmas Show. She paints detailed and beautiful Christmas ornaments.


March 2006 – May Pat McCrory travels to Poland as part of the Trade and Diplomatic Delegation of Mayors.


Winter 2005 - Krystyna Szkilnik shows her handpainted glass Christmas decorations at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.


November 11 – 21, 2004 - Ewa Wójciak attends the Southern Christmas Show, where she displays her handmade lace. Lace-making is a tradition passed on by her aunt.


April 18 – May 16, 2004 – Monika Sochacka, a member of the Office of Wrocław Foreign affairs, visits Charlotte to learn how the city manages relationships with its sister cities.


November 13 – 23, 2003 - Adam Szymański, a wood sculptor and carver, displays his work at the Southern Christmas Show.


July 25 – 31, 2003 – A Wrocław delegation, including Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz, visits Charlotte to celebrate their 10th anniversary as sister cities.


November 13 – 24, 2002 - Grazyna Cyunelis visits Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show. Cyunelis makes paper models, paintings, and sculpture renovations.


April 10 – 30, 2002 – Ela Piechota, the president of a hospital in Wrocław, visits Charlotte to participate in programs about medical management.


November 3 – 19, 2001 - Bożena Sacharczuk , a potter, shows her work at the Southern Christmas Show. She creates bells from her clay.


November 7 – 9, 2001 – A Wrocław delegation visits Charlotte to speak at the event “Major Issues in Poland’s Foreign Policy: The US, NATO, and Beyond.”


October 13 – 21, 2001 – A group visits from Wrocław to learn about job coaching and training.


August 31 – September 9, 2001 – A Charlotte delegation attends cultural events in Wrocław.


May 5 – 12, 2001 – The Wrocław budget delegation meets with Charlotte officials to learn about the city’s budget planning.


November 9 – 19, 2000 - Maciej Zaborski visits Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show. Zaborski engraves intricate designs on rough wood.


November 8 – 9, 2000 – Staszek Huskowski, the deputy mayor of Wrocław, visits Charlotte to meet with city officials about engineering services, environmental protection, and solid waste services.


July 22 – 26, 2000 – A Charlotte delegation travels to Wrocław for the Millennium Celebrations.


November 1999 – Slawomir Piechota visits Charlotte as part of the Job Coach Project in Wrocław, which aims to provide employment for the disabled.


August 8 – 20, 1999 – A delegation from the Charlotte – Mecklenburg Police Department visits Wrocław as part of an anti-crime and technical assistance program.


July 10 – 23, 1999 – The Wrocław Police Department visits Charlotte for the “Prevention, Intervention, and Victim Assistance Program.”


May 15 – 29, 1999 – The Charlotte Police Department visits Wrocław to discuss handling corruption.


November 13 – 21, 1998 – A delegation of professionals serving in disabilities fields visits Charlotte.


November 4, 1998 – Former Polish Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz lectures at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.


October 1 – 17, 1998 – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department visits Wrocław as part of the police exchange program.


June 21 – 28, 1998 – A group from Charlotte, including director Peggy Wesp, visits Wrocław.


March 28 – April 9, 1998 – Wrocław city planners visit Charlotte.


November 12, 1997 – An exhibition of photographs from Szczepan Rutka is on display in Charlotte.


November  9 – 28, 1997 – A police delegation from  the Wrocław Police Department visits Charlotte.


September 26 – October 2, 1997 – Andrezj Los, Chair of the Wrocław City Council, visits Charlotte and attends a city council meeting.


September 22 – 29, 1997 – The Wrocław Folk Dance Ensemble visits Charlotte.


August 3 - 13, 1997 – A group from the Wrocław Police Department visits Charlotte.


July 1997 – Mayor Pat McCrory asks for assistance to Wrocław, which has been badly damaged by the worst flooding the city has seen in 500 years. More than 7,000 pounds of supplies are collected.


June 22 - July 2, 1997 – The first group from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department visits Wrocław as part of the police exchange program.


May 25- 31, 1997 – A group from Charlotte visits Wrocław for the International Eucharistic Conference.


April 1997 – Maja Godlewska, an artist, visits from Wrocław.


February 28 – March 2, 1997 – Visit from Wrocław group to learn about Charlotte’s government.


July 27 – August 1, 1996 – Slawomir Piechota and Anna Sylinska-Skopiec visit Charlotte to discuss a disability project and the pope’s May 1997 visit to Poland.


July 2 – 12, 1995 – Five Polish interns visit the Charlotte City Office to learn about risk management.


November 18 – 22, 1995 – Slawomir Piechota, vice mayor of Wrocław, visits Charlotte to learn about disabilities issues.


March 5 – 19, 1995 – Charlotte Sister Cities director Peggy Wesp visits Wrocław and meets with the city council to discuss the sister city relationship.


February 3 – 18, 1995 – Aleksander Hojlo visits the area to discuss attracting domestic and foreign business.


January 6 – 12, 1995 – Aleksandra Skrabka visits from Wrocław to learn about real estate.


June 26 – July 9, 1994 – Antoni Bielawski visits from Wrocław to meet with city officials.


May 16 – 22, 1994 – Zbigniew Komar visits to learn about transportation.


March 26 – April 2, 1994 Slawomir Chelstowski, Vice President of the Commission on Economic Development, visits Charlotte to learn about privatization techniques.


February 28 – March 2, 1994 – Miroslaw Szydelski, Deputy Director of the Economic Department, visits to learn about the role of banking in the Charlotte region.


January 16 – February 15, 1994 – Anna Zylinska-Skopiec of the Division of Foreign Affairs visits Charlotte.


October 1993 – Carolina Pro Musica visits Poland.


September 5 – 8, 1993 – The Charlotte delegation and Mayor Richard Vinroot travel to Wrocław to for the signing ceremony.


September 8 – 14, 1992 – A group from Charlotte travels to Wrocław to discuss business and economic models for the city.


August 3 – September 1, 1992 – Mayor Bogdan Zdrojewski visits Charlotte to learn about local government


August 1992 – Wrocław environmentalists visit Charlotte.


March 29 – April 18, 1992 – Jerzy Karwelis and Ryszard Narkiewicz visit as a part of the Wrocław Municipal Leadership and Training Program.


September 7 – 22, 1991 – A group from Charlotte visits Wrocław to help the city’s government reorganize from a communistic model to a democratic one.


January 1991 – A delegation from Wrocław visits Charlotte to hear a presentation on volunteerism in the community.