Meet A Legislative Fellow: Prih Memon

International House has had the pleasure of hosting special visitors from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal through the Legislative Fellows Program, a program that brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. International is currently hosting six female Legislative Fellows from April 17 to May 8. The Fellows are receiving hands-on exposure to various levels of government through full-time fellowships in legislative offices, local government offices, advocacy groups, and various other institutions. The Fellows have been placed with various Charlotte organizations, such as: the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and Hand on Charlotte.

One of these accomplished Fellows is Ms. Prih Memon. Read our interview with her below!


Prih Memon

Can you tell us more about yourself?

My name is Prih, and I am from Sindh, Pakistan. I am currently doing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a specialization in HR. During my undergraduate studies, I was always involved in extracurricular activities as an event organizer and trainer focusing on education and advocacy. For example, in my final year of college, I organized and led a national mega conference for Hyderabad youth with 250 people in attendance.

I started my job as Program Officer at the Civil Society Support Program. The Civil Society Support Program (CSSP) is a nonprofit organization that emerged as a response to the challenges facing by Pakistan, including: poverty, social injustice, and governance issues. I’ve also been working with Drug Free Pakistan as a youth mobilizer and volunteer. Soon after, I was selected to work for project called Alif Ailaan, which focuses on transforming education in Pakistan. For example, one of Alif Ailaan’s goals is to help bring education to rural areas that do not have access to proper education.

Talk to us about Alif Ailaan. What is your role with the organization?

In a nutshell, Alif Ailaan is a Pakistani alliance for education reform led by a communications campaign. We campaign as a broad coalition of people and organizations committed to getting more of our children in school. Alif Ailaan selects regional coordinators to work with rural communities. I am currently a regional coordinator  and my role is to recruit and interview youth activists. I have a team of 30 youth activists working with me now. My team and I visit schools and teachers to learn about core education challenges. In our campaign, we bring in political leaders, media contacts, NGO’s to learn about their views on education, which helps us highlight core issues in communications campaign. We also use marketing materials to spread the word about our campaign and bring to it to different institutions like universities. Our vision is to campaign for education reform in time for elections in 2018.


Prih cooking a traditional Pakistani meal with her host mom, Ann Wood.

How has your experience been in Charlotte?

We love Charlotte! Everybody is so kind, and our hosts families are loving. We are learning so much about American culture, politics, and education. We had many opportunities to explore Charlotte. We visited the Mecklenburg County Court, Levine Museum of the New South, and Crisis Assistance Ministry. We are enjoying our visit very much, and we hope we can come back again!

Who’s in the House? April/May Edition

On Tuesday, April 23rd, International House will welcome international visitors from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, who will be showcased at our “Who’s in the House” event from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. The Rumsfeld Fellows are high ranking government and private sector executives. They will be in Charlotte from April 20th – 24th and will focus on learning about finance and foreign investment.


Who’s in the House: Rumsfeld Fellows 
Tuesday April 23, 2013
6:30pm – 8:00pm
International House (1817 Central Avenue)
Cost: FREE!

We are also hosting Legislative Fellows from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal who will be in Charlotte from April 17th – May 8th participating in internships and learning about human and women’s rights issues. International House is hosting another “Who’s in the House” event for these Fellows on May 6th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at 1817 Central Avenue.

Who’s in the House: Legislative Fellows
Monday, May 6, 2013
6:30pm – 8:00pm
International House (1817 Central Avenue)
Cost: FREE!

Questions?  Contact Johnelle Causwell at 704-342-2248 or We look forward to seeing you there!

Host An International Delegate This Month!


International House will soon be welcoming two high level delegations of international visitors to Charlotte, and we need your help! We are seeking host families to provide a home stay experience for these distinguished guests and show them some wonderful Southern hospitality!

Our first delegation is comprised of a group of six female leaders from Pakistan, Nepal, and Kyrgystan who are legislative officials or work in the area of human rights, women’s rights, and education empowerment. We are looking for home hosts between April 17 – May 8 and would consider families who are able to host either the entire 3 weeks or half of that time

Our second delegation will be with us between April 20 – 25. International House will host five finance leaders from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan through the Rumsfeld Fellows Open World Program who are in Charlotte to gain insight into the subjects of local community engagement, international relations, and resolving conflicts between investors and governments. We are also seeking host families for these visitors.

What can you expect as a home host? We are looking for individuals and families to:

  • Welcome these guests into your homes.
  • Serve as cultural ambassadors in the evenings and weekends.
  • Assist with transportation on the weekdays to and from International House (1817 Central Avenue) with drop-offs around 9:00am and pick-ups around 5:00pm (carpools can be arranged).
  • Provide breakfast and dinner.

A Home Host Orientation will be arranged prior to your guest’s arrival.

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about hosting one of these distinguished visitors. Our home hosts usually tell us that they have a wonderful experience with these international guests and develop friendships that last a lifetime! 

For more information, please contact Johnelle Causwell at jcauswell@ihclt.orgor call at (704) 342-2248 office or (561) 543-0740 cell.