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Open Heart - Open Door

The Open Heart – Open Door programme offers Soroptimists the chance to create and strengthen bonds of friendship worldwide by opening their homes to Soroptimists from other countries.

Open Heart – Open Door is founded on the idea that networking and developing understanding of each other and of each other’s cultures can not only strengthen our organisation and help it thrive but also contribute to broader international understanding and thus to a more peaceful world.

Soroptimists can get involved in the Open Heart – Open Door programme in five different ways:

  1. Home Hospitality: Hosting one or two Soroptimists or a Soroptimist and her partner in your home
  2. Contact Person: Acting as a guide and showing Soroptimists your hometown
  3. Exchange Visit: Hosting a professional exchange with another Soroptimist
  4. Home Exchange: Exchanging homes with another Soroptimist for a certain period of time, by mutual agreement
  5. Youth Exchange Programme for Young Relatives: Hosting another Soroptimist’s daughter/son, niece/nephew, etc.

The Open Heart – Open Door programme has, so far, seen the participation of more than 500 of Soroptimists from more than 50 countries!

Countries from Soroptimist International of Europe that are currently participating in the Open Heart – Open Door programme include:

Albania

Georgia

Madagascar

Slovakia

Austria

Germany

Malta

Spain

Belgium

Greece

Morocco

Sweden

Bulgaria

Hungary

Netherlands

Switzerland

Croatia

Iceland

Norway

Tunisia

Czech Republic

Israel

Poland

Turkey

Denmark

Italy

Portugal

Ukraine

Ethiopia

Kenya

Romania

 

Finland

Kosovo

Russia

 

France

Lithuania

Slovenia

 

All Soroptimists from around the world are welcome to join this unique programme! 

Members of Soroptimist International of Europe, are invited to log into the Member Area of this website, then to go Downloads, and then Open Heart – Open Door to access all relevant materials, including the sign-up form and the full list of participating countries.

Members of other Soroptimist International Federations who are interested to participate in the Open Heart – Open Door programme in one of the countries listed above are invited to contact the SIE HQ at siehq[at]soroptimisteurope.org