International Visitor Program



The International Visitor Program (IVP) advances international understanding by connecting Greater Seattle community members with leaders from around the world through professional and youth exchange programs. The person-to-person meetings arranged by IVP allow people to see their shared values and powerfully diminish the boundaries of language, culture, and nation.  IVP brings leaders from around the world together to exchange, discuss and help build the foundation for addressing global issues.

What We Do:

  • The International Visitor Leadership Program

The majority of visitors IVP hosts each year come to Seattle as a part of the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). IVLP arranges programs for current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields in tandem with U.S. Foreign Policy goals. It has brought visiting leaders to the U.S. for over 60 years.  Alumni include over 300 current and former heads of state.  IVP is a member of Global Ties U.S. and one of 91 councils nationwide who host visitors.

  • Global Youth Leadership Programs

IVP hosts youth from around the globe for leadership programs that include home stays, mentoring, school visits, and intensive project work on topics such as grassroots democracy, ethnic tolerance, youth leadership, social entrepreneurship, international understanding through art, political leadership, and volunteerism.  The program also sends youth from the Seattle community on reverse exchanges to countries around the world.

  • Short-Term Professional Programs

IVP arranges short-term professional exchange programs upon request for NGOs, governments, and businesses.  If you would like to inquire about IVP’s full range of exchange services, please contact the IVP Team.

Are you interested in meeting international visitors?  Check our calendar for upcoming IVP networking receptions, become a professional host, dinner host or overnight/homestay host, or check out the Council’s volunteer and internship programs.

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