Faces of IVP
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 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.
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 her visits to Seattle here
International Connection: 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
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!