The World Affairs Council in Greater Seattle, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, is one of over 90 nationwide organizations dedicated to creating opportunities for residents to become more engaged global citizens.
Homestay Programs provide a unique way to form connections with outstanding youth leaders from around the world during their time in Seattle. Students are hand-selected from among thousands of applicants to participate in leadership development programs in the United States. The World Affairs Council is always looking for hosts willing to welcome these extraordinary students into their homes and help show them the very best of Seattle.
Community Programs keeps Seattle on the world’s center stage with programs that connect local residents with international leaders and global insights. Community Programs offers everyone the opportunity to become a global citizen through lectures, luncheons, community receptions, trivia nights, and discussion groups. These World Affairs Council events offer opportunities for stimulating intellectual discourse and networking with those who share an interest in global affairs.
Global Classroom extends the World Affairs Council’s message of global engagement to K-12 classrooms by providing curricular resources, professional development programs for teachers, and leadership activities for high school students. Education in global affairs builds a globally competitive workforce while enriching the learning experience through the examination of current issues, cross-cultural exchange, and the dialogue of ideas shaping our future.
The International Visitor Program (IVP) advances international understanding by connecting Seattle community members with nearly 800 leaders from over 90 countries each year through professional and youth exchange programs. IVP provides World Affairs Council members, local students, teachers, professionals, civic leaders, and residents the opportunity to engage in citizen diplomacy through one-on-one conversations with visitors through conversations in professional meetings, over dinner at home, or at networking receptions.
The Fellows Program gives an exclusive group of current and future business and community leaders from Greater Seattle access to high-caliber international experts. The program allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of the international issues facing our world, nation, and state while giving them the opportunity to make professional and social connections with others who share a passion for world affairs.
The Young Professional International Network (YPIN) brings together a diverse group of young professionals with a shared passion for global affairs. YPIN, which is run by an all-volunteer board with support from World Affairs Council staff, hosts a wide range of social and networking events, including language groups, dance parties, lectures, receptions, movie screenings, dinners, and discussions designed to engage globally-minded young professionals.