Faces of IVP

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The World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program brings the world to Seattle. In this microcosm of our global community, the International Visitor Program fosters relationships between international changemakers, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and Seattle families and community members.  Each person involved is crucial to its success.

We are fortunate to have a thriving community in Seattle, filled with passionate, open-minded citizen diplomats. Each person who interacts with our visitors – whether through professional appointments, dinner or overnight hosting, volunteer activities, or networking events – is a face of IVP, and a face of this global community.

Here we would like to recognize and share stories of our incredible local volunteers, interns, and partner organizations who make the International Visitor Program a success. It’s our way of saying thank you, and our way of showcasing our community.  Read their stories and be inspired by them.  We certainly are.

International Connections: #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM

In October 2017, a group of 21 visitors from around the world visited Seattle to examine how U.S. organizations and companies work to inspire more women and girls in STEM fields. Read about their visit here!

International Connections: Women and Justice

In October 2017, a group of 20 visitors from around the world visited Seattle to promote understanding and the rule of law and to demonstrate how discriminatory practices based on gender are addressed and resolved in the U.S. social, political, and legal sectors. Read about their visit here!

International Connections: Means of Effective HIV Prevention

In February 2017, a group of 6 visitors from Russia visited Seattle to examine how the U.S. has implemented practices for HIV/AIDS prevention and explored different tools that HIV/AIDS communities have used to effectively address the HIV epidemic. Read about their visit here!

Internship Highlight: Fostering Community through International Exchange

Alex Kegel has worked as an intern with the World Affairs Council International Visitor Program for the past 13 months drafting International Visitor Leadership Program proposals, accompanying international delegations around Seattle, and managing a marine conservation program. Read about his experience here!

Refugee Resettlement and Integration: Exploring a European Perspective with the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

In May of 2016, we were honored to welcome a group of visitors from around Europe working on multi-sector efforts to combat immigrant discrimination and bolster refugee integration efforts. Read about her visits to Seattle here

International Connections: Arctic Environmental Protection and Innovative Solutions to Oil Pollution, Prevention, and Response

In June of 2016, we were honored to welcome a group of environmentalists from Russia who focused their time on safety precautions for preventing oil spills. Read about their visit to Seattle here

International Connections: Maritime and Territorial Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region

In May of 2016, we were honored to welcome a group of representatives for claimant countries to the South China Sea. Read about their visit to Seattle here

Sustaining Connection: IVLP Alumni Fosters Nairobi-Seattle Partnerships

IVLP Alumni and CEO of Vava Coffee, Vava Angwenyi from Kenya, has visited Seattle 4 times since her program in 2015 in an effort to stay connected to the Seattle coffee network. Read about her visits to Seattle here

Edward R. Murrow 10th Anniversary Alumni Program: Seattle Hosts Journalists from Around the World

In November of 2015, we were honored to welcome six talented journalists from around the world. Read about their visit to Seattle here

Visitor Spotlight: Ms. Sapana Pradhan Malla

Ms. Pradhan Malla from Nepal participated in the IVLP’s Gold Star program, returning to the U.S. in a follow-up program to her original IVLP visit. Read about her success here.

Dinner Host Highlight: Connie Miller

Connie Miller, one of our outstanding dinner hosts, went on a journey through Central Asia visiting people she had welcomed to her home as part of IVP’s Dinner Hosting program!  Read about her adventures here.

International Connections: Youth Leaders from New Zealand and Australia

In December 2014, we were thrilled to host a group of Department of State youth leaders from New Zealand and Australia for a youth leadership program focused on climate change and sustainability. Read about their time in Seattle here.

International Connections: Albanian Urban Planning

Discover an example of how the relationships we facilitate lead to international partnerships and knowledge transfer! Read more here.

Community Partners: FRUA, INC

In citizen diplomacy, sometimes the best connections involve sharing a meal together. Hear from one of our partners about their connection with international adoption officials from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, and Moldova, and the amazing afternoon they shared together! Read more here.

Visitor Spotlight: Mrs. Kara David

Mrs. Kara David, a prominent Filipino documentarian, came to the U.S. on an IVLP program in 2009. Since then, she has gone on to win a UNICEF Child Rights Award for one of her documentaries! Read her story here.

International Connections: American Youth Ambassadors in Brazil

For the past 8 years, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Department of State youth leaders from Brazil to Seattle on the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program. This program includes a reverse exchange, and in 2013 Jimmy Bernard from Roosevelt High School was selected to travel to Brazil! Read about his experience here.

Dinner Host Highlight: Mary and Bernie Hall

Read here about some of our wonderful dinner hosts, the dynamic duo of Mary and Bernie Hall!

International Connections: IGNITE Inspires Girls from Japan and South Korea

In the summer of 2015 we were pleased to facilitate the Department of State’s first youth leadership program specifically aimed at empowering girls! The group was made up of high-school aged young women from Japan, South Korea, and the Seattle community. As part of their program, we invited IGNITE to come speak with them and talk about women in STEM. Read here about their afternoon together!