Our programs consist of seven different and parallel projects or efforts. Click the name of a program to learn more. Note: a plus sign means there is hidden text. You can click a minus sign to collapse the text.
The Medical Committee is also known as the Medical Partnership of Bloomington-Normal, and has worked in tandem with the Vladimir Medical Partnership Association since 1993. Partnership activities have included citywide health conferences in Vladimir, medical professional exchanges focused on various practice specialties, curriculum development with the Vladimir Medical College, and development of an Internet resource center and virtual library for health care professionals. These activities were funded through USAID SPAN grants, US Congress Open World Program grants, as well as local and private sources.
Student Exchange - Mennonite College of Nursing at ISU
Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) has a long history of association with groups who care for and
serve people throughout the world. This continues in a formalized academic manner through the Transcultural Nursing Experience. This experience provides students an avenue for personal and professional growth beyond
the traditional boundaries of classroom and clinical practicums. One of MCN’s long-standing student exchanges is with Vladimir Medical College in Vladimir, Russia.
Student/Professor Exchange – School of Kinesiology and Recreation at ISU
The School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University collaborates with the Institute of Physical Culture and Sports at Vladimir State University. This collaboration offers short-term student/professor study abroad exchanges.
Through the Open World Leadership Center, the VCSCA has been host to exchange visitors from Vladimir with various specializations. In the past we've hosted young professionals in the field of health care, special education and library science. The Open World Leadership Center is a US Congressionally-funded organization working to increase U.S.-Eurasian understanding and partnerships. "The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program and in 2005, any other country that is designated by the Board of Trustees. Open World promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts." More information is available on the Internet here.
From time to time delegations from Bloomington-Normal have visited Vladimir and Canterbury. Participants are composed of members of the Vladimir/Canterbury Sister City Association and interested citizens of Bloomington-Normal. Delegates receive no funding from the Vladimir/Canterbury Sister City Association and travel at their own expense.
The VCSCA offers many hosting opportunities for people in the Bloomington/Normal area.
These basically consist of two types. The first is short-term. Visiting Russian adults who come
here in groups to assist in medical or educational visits: these could be professionals or college students. They are generally here from five to ten days. Hosts would be expected to provide these visitors
with their own room as well as breakfast and other meals if they do not have other scheduled activities. Hosts may also be asked to provide some transportation.
Films & Lectures
Each year, programs are offered fall and spring. These programs are interesting and diverse with speakers presenting topics related to our sister cities. Occasionally the VCSCA sponsors films and concerts. Many of these programs are open to the general public. For more information, please check our newsletters on the website.