TO FOSTER EXCHANGES THAT PROMOTE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE AREAS OF BUSINESS, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & EDUCATION.
The Foundation has sponsored numerous exchanges of business persons.Exchanges are tailored to the needs and interests of each group. Business persons from Korolev and the Moscow region have journeyed to West Virginia where they visited businesses and industries across the state. While visiting, they have been hosted by West Virginia business persons who shared, not only their business lives, but provided their guests with experiences in their American homes and community life. Americans traveling to Korolev have been treated to similar kinds of host arrangements.
The Foundation has been active in linking communities. Activities such as development of Sister Cities agreements between Saint Mary's, West Virginia and Korolev, Russia, the creation of the statue "Unity" in Charleston, WV and exchanges of medical staff have built bridges between our communities.
Cultural permeates all of the Foundation’s activities. The Foundation has found it is necessary to experience the culture of a people to understand the people. Exchanges always provide many opportunities to enjoy each people’s culture. Travelers participate in the "high" culture of symphonies, ballets and museums , folk arts, culinary delights, and most importantly, experiencing new friendships and traditions.
The Foundation's interest in education is central to the foundation activities and the Foundation has sponsored over 275 educational exchanges.