Frequently Asked Questions about Hosting

Interested in hosting an international visitor?  Thank you!


TGA typically welcomes more than 300 international visitors each year ... and for each visitor, we do our best to make them feel at home. And what better way to make friends and cultivate life-long friendships than to be a host?

Visitors typically include working professionals, government officials, artists, academics, entrepreneurs, journalists, and administrators. The programs in which they participate reflect their interests and include themes related to government, the media, environmental protection, women’s leadership, education, public health, the arts, agriculture, and economy and trade. As a host, you'll share the American way of life, while learning about other cultures from around the world.


Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding hosting, along with a helpful video. For additional questions, contact Bob Lieser, Vice President of Programs, at


This is the annual celebration of the wonderful Tulsans who have opened their homes and businesses to U.S. State Department international visitors brought to Oklahoma by TGA.


As a host, you will be invited to attend our annual Toast the Hosts event! We recognize the hosts who have given of their time to ensure successful international visitor experiences. These include organizations, schools, non-profits, home stay and hospitality hosts, greeters, drivers, and liaisons. In addition, we recognize our outstanding hosts for the year.

Our 2019 event was held June 11th at the Tulsa City-County Library. This year's winners are below!

2019 Winners:

Outstanding Professional Host: 36 Degrees North

Outstanding Professional Non-Profit Host: Indian Health Care Resource Center

Outstanding Home Stay Host: Mark and Jill Hoffman

Outstanding Home Dinner Host: Edith and Glenn Wilson

Outstanding At-Large Host: Oklahoma Aquarium

Outstanding Above and Beyond Host: Micah Keyan