In addition to organizing the sister-city exchanges, WIFA coordinates a variety of activities to enhance cultural relationships in the Worthington community. Ethnic dinners, lectures and international festival celebrations are just a few of the ways WIFA strives to achieve its goals of fostering intercultural friendships, welcoming international newcomers, and learning and experiencing cultural differences. The City of Worthington and WIFA believe that understanding different cultures and customs is essential for living in the global community of the 21st century.
WIFA has suspended in-person programming until further notice. However, we remain committed to staying connected and providing relevant cultural information and resources during this time of social distancing. We invite you to learn more here.
2020 WIFA-SIFA Live!
The Worthington & Sayama International Friendship Associations held their first-ever live virtual program on December 16, 2020, bringing Worthington and Sayama citizens together to share cultures and conversation. Watch the entire program here
2021 Virtual programs
January 26, 2021 - Postcards from the Borderlands with Author David Mould
Join us for an exploration of the meaning of borders in our world in this virtual program with historian and journalist David Mould. Based on his newest book, “Postcards from the Borderlands,” he’ll take you by car, bus, train, shared taxi and ferry through the borders of a dozen countries in Asia, Southern Africa and Eastern Europe, where the commonplace is both fascinating and revealing of culture. Mould was recently interviewed by Rick Steves on his radio show. This program is presented in partnership with Worthington Libraries. Registration is required in advance. Please register online with the Worthington Libraries or by calling 614-807-2626.
2021 Book Discussion
February 9 - Two titles focusing on Central America
Rigoberta Menchu is a human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.
Register for the Book Discussion here. A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to registrants prior to the discussion.
2021 Book Discussion dates: May 12, August 10, November 10