The City of Austin is starting the New Year off with a new program to welcome international newcomers to our city. The International Welcome Program helps international newcomers to quickly feel at home in our city and to connect to community resources and information. There are three initiatives being started under this program.
First, the City is offering “Welcome to Austin Orientation Sessions” which explain how to navigate through Austin’s systems and are designed to help international newcomers feel more comfortable with local schools, law enforcement, public transportation, finances, housing, and more.
The first session is coming up on January 26th at City Hall from 10:00 a.m. -3:30 pm.
This event is totally free and open to the public. Click here to see the schedule of presentations occurring throughout the day. On March 2nd, we will host a Spanish-language orientation session at the Cantu/Pan-Am Recreation Center.
We are also starting an International Welcome Ambassadors Program which matches newcomers with Austinites who can answer their questions about life in Austin and show them what our community has to offer. Newcomers can sign up to participate here. EuroCircle is one of our International Welcome Ambassadors Organizations—to volunteer as an ambassador, contact Kaisa!
Lastly, the City is launching an online international calendar and information portal in partnership with GlobalAustin at InternationalAustin.org. This website will launch soon and will feature a calendar of international events, a newcomer’s guide, and feature articles about Austin residents who are engaged in international activities.
We are excited about the possibilities for this new program and welcome your participation and feedback! Please get in touch with me at Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the International Welcome Program.