Current Programs

See what international delegations and leaders the World Affairs Council is bringing to Seattle!

April 2017

  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development – A group of 7 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to explore business models that support small business growth and initiatives that focus on economic development that benefit local communities. They will also explore the social, economic, legal, and political factors that encourage the development of local and private enterprises.
  • Science and Tech Education for Youth – A group of 21 visitors from various countries around the world will examine the organization of U.S. education systems and how curricula are developed to improve math and science instructional practices. They will also meet with teachers and observe scientific classroom instruction.

March 2017

  • Community Responsiveness: Law Enforcement Leadership – A group of 16 public safety and law enforcement specialists from various countries will visit Seattle to examine governmental efforts to foster and implement community policing in local law enforcement agencies. They will also explore best practices in building trust and transparency between communities and police departments.
  • Human and Civil Rights Advocacy and Awareness – A group of 13 human rights specialists from around the world will visit Seattle to examine how human rights activists have used lobbying and grassroots campaigns to influence policies at the national, state and local levels in the U.S. They will also explore the role and organizational structure of NGOs in advancing U.S. civil rights and equal opportunity.
  • Effects of Climate Change on US-Canada Security – A group of 4 visitors from Canada will visit Seattle to explore environmental crisis management plans in the U.S. and the strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change. They will also examine partnerships between the U.S. and Canada, as well as the effect of climate change on U.S.-Canada cooperation and security.
  • Developing Comprehensive Drug Control Strategies – A group of 4 visitors from various countries will visit Seattle to examine U.S. strategies for addressing the criminal, social, and health ramifications of illicit drug use in the U.S. They will further explore public and private sector responses to illicit drug use and assess the current anti-drug measures of law enforcement agencies at the national, state, and local levels.
  • American Language: English Teachers TESOL Conference – A group of 26 English teachers and language policymakers from around the world will visit Seattle to explore current English language instruction curricula, trends, and developments in the U. S. They will also interact with language teachers to exchange views on pedagogical methodology.
  • Combating International and Domestic Human Trafficking – A group of 14 visitors from Latin America will visit Seattle to review U.S. governmental strategies to combat international and domestic human trafficking. They will also explore initiatives to recognize, protect, and assist victims of abuse and trafficking.
  • English Language Teaching and Social Inclusion – A group of 5 visitors from Greece will examine the methods that teachers in the U.S. use to organize and implement activities that promote intercultural awareness and social patterns of communication. They will further explore the ways that U.S. teachers approach conflicts among culturally diverse groups in their classrooms. 
  • State Border Security Issues – 2 visitors from Lithuania will visit Seattle to examine border security and enforcement in the U.S. The visitors will explore interagency and international cooperation efforts to prevent illegal border crossings and the smuggling of illicit goods into the U.S.

February 2017

  • Education and Activism for Young Women A group of 20 female leaders from various countries around the world will visit Seattle to discuss tactics for enlarging young women’s sphere of possibility in professional networks. They will look at ways to provide young women tools for turning their ideas into reality and empower them to succeed.
  • Means of Effective HIV Prevention – A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle to examine how the U.S. has implemented practices for HIV and AIDS prevention. They will also explore different tools that HIV and AIDS communities have used to effectively address the HIV epidemic.
  • Implementing and Enforcing Anti-Corruption Laws A group of 5 visitors from South Korea will visit Seattle to investigate successful strategies for implementing anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws.  They will look at how governmental oversight and civilian watchdog groups interact to prevent corrupt practices. 
  • Marginalized Populations and Health Care – A group of 20 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to look at how health care systems research and treat illnesses that disproportionately affect marginalized populations. They will be visiting medical facilities to examine new strategies and programs for urban and rural systems.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management  A group of 6 disaster responders from Austria, Ecuador, Iceland, Nepal, Norway and Spain will visit Seattle to examine U.S. approaches to disaster management and emergency preparedness and response. They will be looking at how community-based partnerships interact with disaster responses by meeting with NGOs and community organizers.
  • Energy Security and the U.S. Energy Sector – A group of 3 visitors from Croatia will visit Seattle to examine state energy policies and U.S. strategies for improving energy efficiency. They will also be exploring NGO advocacy and its impact on energy security.

January 2017

  • Teaching English As A Foreign Language – A group of 5 education professionals from Uzbekistan will visit Seattle to examine how technology and digital learning are changing traditional education models. They will also be exploring current trends in bilingual language programs as well as contemporary methods in teaching English as a foreign language.
  • Library Management – A group of 5 library directors and curators from China will visit Seattle to learn about the library practices in the U.S. with a specific focus on cutting edge technology that is changing the industry.
  • Brazil Youth Ambassador Program 2017 – A group of 10 Youth Ambassadors from Brazil will visit Seattle for an educational opportunity focused on social justice, civic education, community service, and youth leadership. They will meet with NGOs, cultural groups, and grassroots activism organizations for experiential and skills-based learning.
  • Our Planet Climate Change and Renewable Energy  A group of 23 environmental policy specialists from around the world will visit Seattle to explore the U.S. approach to energy and climate policy by meeting with state and local officials for discussions on energy issues and incentives. They will also be meeting with civic action organizations and research institutes to examine their influence on energy policy and the innovations in renewable energy sources on which they are working.
  • University Education and Exchanges – A group of 14 university administrators from Sudan will visit Seattle to examine methods for expanding educational exchanges with U.S. universities and strategies to improve educational standards in Sudan.

December 2016

  • Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security  A group of 10 visitors from Africa and the Middle East will visit Seattle to assess the impact of United Nations resolutions regarding women in peace and security and to examine the historical roles of women in conflict prevention. They will engage with political experts, government officials, journalists, and activists to discuss current security situations and the best practices being implemented for promoting gender equality and for protecting women rights. 

November 2016

  • Civil Society Activism  A group of 8 U.N. officials and non-profit directors from Mozambique will visit Seattle to examine the role of schools, community organizations, and secular and faith-based groups in promoting effective community and civic engagement in youth. They will look at a variety of media and social networking tools for facilitating civic action and outreach and promoting civic responsibilities and rights in youth populations. 
  • Politics and Elections  A group of 6 government officials, lobbyists, and journalists from East Asia and Oceania will visit Seattle to experience the electoral process in the U.S. They will explore the registration and vote counting procedures and examine the importance of candidate transparency, accountability to constituents, and citizen participation in the electoral process. They will also work with voter turnout groups to analyze how advocacy groups and political parties work to impact election outcomes. 

October 2016

  • Promoting NGO Management Excellence in the U.S. – A group of 4 visitors from China will visit Seattle to explore the diverse nonprofit sector within the city and examine the innovative management strategies of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) here. They will be looking at practical ways to mobilize local community to action and strengthen their leadership skills through discussing how to best employ volunteers, use social media, and fundraise.

  • Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program A group of 10 young entrepreneurs from all over Latin America will visit Seattle to examine the business sector of the city and develop management skills. They will be paired with mentors from around Seattle, who specialize in each visitor’s particular sector, to discuss how to start a successful business as well as the importance of vision and goal setting. 

  • Environmental Issues in the U.S. – A group of 5 sustainable energy and environmental protection specialists from China will visit Richland, Washington to discuss best practices in renewable energy.

  • Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities – A group of 3 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle with a focus on developing techniques and strategies to properly integrate modern distance learning technology to reach underserved students, particularly those that are disabled. They will explore U.S. methodology and techniques of educating disabled students while focusing on the advantages of using technological advances in teaching approaches. 

  •  Civic Activism – A group of 2 visitors from Thailand will visit Seattle to meet with organizations to assess the role of press in democracy. They will focus on the governmental protections of free speech through examining negotiation and peaceful conflict resolution processes as well as the role NGOs and political activist organizations play. 

  • Japan Productivity Center – A group of 15 business leaders from Japan will visit Seattle to explore Corporate Social Responsibility and local American culture by visiting a high school Japanese language classroom and having dinner with local families. 

  • Professional Fellowship Program – Women’s Empowerment – A group of 6 visitors from Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia will visit Seattle to meet with local fellows to discuss the promotion of women in business that can be employed by civil society and the private sector. They will be learning how to empower women to get involved in business in their societies. 

  • Global Government-to-Government Partnership Fellow–  An official from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will be visiting Seattle to examine the impacts of climate change and environmental regulations on US ports. 

  • Open World Russia: Accountable Governance & Media Practices/Independent Media – A group of 7 visitors from  Russia  will visit Seattle to explore the media community here through discussions with media leaders and organizations throughout the city. They will discuss topics such as media activism, techniques in covering elections and political events, and the role of the press in governmental transparency. 

September 2016

  • Promoting Social Change and Disability Awareness Through the Arts  — A group of 7 visitors from Azerbaijan will visit Seattle to examine best practices in using the arts to raise awareness about the rights of the disabled, with a particular emphasis on promoting understanding and support for women and youth. They will also attend Bumbershoot, in order to explore arts organizations and festival management.
  • African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (English)  — A group of 9 visitors from Africa will visit Seattle to explore how women and other disadvantaged groups have overcome social barriers, raised capital, and developed sound business plans that result in successful entrepreneurship. The visitors are entrepreneurs in the field of crafts and home décor, and will meet with local organizations in these fields to examine the political, economic and social factors that influence and encourage the professional development of women entrepreneurship in the U.S.
  • Technology Entrepreneurship: Boot Camps, Venture Pitching and Crowd Funding  — A group of 24 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to explore youth involvement in MakerSpace and education, and to meet with local entrepreneurs to discuss best practices in founding and pitching business ideas, as well as business development.
  • Wildlife Tracking and Protection  — A group of 13 visitors from Africa will visit Seattle to examine local fish conservation and sustainable fishing programs, as well as local laws and systems that address wildlife crimes and poaching. As part of this work, the group will visit North Cascades National Park.
  • Current U.S. Social, Political and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders II  — A group of 17 visitors from Europe will visit Seattle to visit local government and nonprofit organizations that provide support for immigrant integration. They will also explore issues of economic cooperation and foreign policy in Washington State, and examine public-private cooperation in issues of environmental sustainability.
  • Free Trade Agreement Implementation  — A group of 5 visitors from South Korea will visit Seattle to review the economic forces that shape U.S. trade policy, and discuss the development and implementation of the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).

August 2016

  • Summer Leadership Program for Cuban Youth 2016  — A group of 11 students from Cuba will visit Seattle to explore leadership and teamwork styles, with a focus on civic engagement. They will create group projects designed around these themes, while developing their cross-cultural experience and awareness.
  • Law and Legal Issues in the U.S.  — A group of 6 visitors from China will visit Seattle to discuss and exchange best practices for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) awareness campaigns, and explore U.S. federal, state, and local entities that create and influence IPR protections, with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurial law.
  • Marine Parks Management and Conservation  — A group of 4 visitors from Malaysia will visit Seattle to examine how local marine park agencies conserve U.S. territory and marine biodiversity, and to network with local counterparts to discuss best practices and innovative approaches in managing marine parks.
  • The Role and Operations of U.S. NPOs  — A group of 10 visitors from South Korea will visit Seattle to learn about U.S. policies enacted to support intermediary organizations, and to understand their contributions to social innovation and community development and growth.
  • Law of the Sea and Maritime Security  — A group of 13 visitors from Asia will visit Seattle to explore how customary international law, as reflected in the LOS Convention, applies in the South China Sea and the Pacific. They will also analyze issues affecting freedom of navigation in the SCS and the Pacific.

July 2016

  • Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program  — A group of 12 students and 2 young adult mentors from Iraq will visit Seattle to develop skills in leadership and civic engagement, with a focus on public health initiatives. They will also create group projects focused on issues of public health and civic engagement, and explore different leadership and teamwork styles.
  • NGO Management in the U.S. — A group of 10 visitors from China will visit Seattle to explore best practices in social enterprises and social entrepreneurship innovation and incubation. They will review methodologies used by local organizations for strengthening leadership, and using technology and social media.
  • Smart Cities — A group of 4 visitors from Indonesia will visit Seattle to examine public and private sector initiatives in smart city integrated technology and urban planning. They will meet with local leaders to discuss challenges and achievements in realizing urban sustainability objectives.
  • Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action) — A group of 12 students from Mexico will visit Seattle to explore leadership and teamwork styles, with a focus on preventing bullying and gender and domestic violence. They will create group projects designed around these themes, while developing their cross-cultural experience and awareness.
  • Global Leadership in International Aviation — A group of 22 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine best practices in aviation sustainability planning, and to collaborate with local aviation leaders on positive cooperative aviation policies.
  • Demographic Change and Integration in a Multicultural Society — A group of 4 visitors from Germany will visit Seattle to observe and discuss successful examples of refugee integration strategies and vocational and employment programs for immigrants.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels — A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle to examine the local comic book and graphic novel industry, and to explore efforts to promote tolerance and dialogue on critical social issues using the comic arts as a medium.

June 2016

  • Our Oceans: Protection and Sustainable Use  — A group of 6 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine U.S. efforts to address coastal and marine management issues, and to discuss efforts to promote sustainable fisheries by eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing practices.
  • Young Transatlantic Innovation Leadership Initiative — A group of 7 visitors from Europe will visit Seattle to participate in an advanced professional development fellowship with local businesses and organizations in the innovation, technology, and environmental sectors. They will participate in the day-to-day operations of their host institution in order to develop their entrepreneurial and innovation skills.
  • Reinventing Japan’s Food Safety System — A group of 10 visitors from Japan will visit Seattle to better understand how the overlapping layers of the U.S. food safety system effectively protect U.S. and Japanese consumers, and to identify best practices for effective outreach ahead of mandatory HACCP implementation in Japan.
  • Journalists and Foreign Policy  — A group of 4 visitors from Kazakhstan will visit Seattle to connect with local  foreign policy journalists and discuss approaches to reporting on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.- Asia trade relations, and examine ways to engage local and minority communities in media.
  • Women’s Empowerment  — A group of 5 visitors from Turkey will visit Seattle to examine the U.S. political system and the role that women play as agents of change within their broader communities. They will also explore and evaluate public and private sector strategies to increase women’s access to education, economic opportunities, and health care.
  • Law and Legal Issues in the U.S.  — A group of 6 visitors from China will visit Seattle to explore how different stakeholders influence U.S. trade policy, and to examine the importance of rule of law and  transparency for fostering a positive investment environment.
  • Inclusive Maker Movement  — A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle to explore best practices and new technologies in the local Maker Movement, with a particular emphasis on engaging students in STEM arts and design and broadening the participation of girls, young women, and older people.
  • Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community — A group of 24 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine U.S. and international initiatives to promote and protect the human rights of the LGBT community, to explore equal access to educational, economic, and healthcare opportunities for citizens with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, and to consider strategies and partnerships that seek to end targeted violence and hate crimes.
  • American Culture and TEFL Education — A group of 7 visitors from Venezuela will visit Seattle to interact with language teachers and students in classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology, and connect with local educational policy makers.

May 2016

  • U.S. Electoral Process and Campaign Practices — A group of 10 visitors from Bulgaria will visit Seattle to examine U.S. election processes and campaigns, study voter registration and outreach, and analyze measures to ensure a fair and transparent electoral process. They will also have the chance to observe the Washington State Republican Presidential Primary.
  • Professional Fellowship Program: Disability Issues — A group of 4 visitors from Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia will visit Seattle to build their knowledge in the field of disability rights and advocacy through a 4-week fellowship with Disability Rights Washington, Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center, and Washington Talking Books and Braille Library. They will have the opportunity to network with local disability rights organizations, and discuss ways to address gaps in services and representation for individuals with disabilities in their home countries.
  • Arctic Environmental Protection and Innovative Solutions to Oil Pollution, Prevention,and Response — A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle to explore approaches to address the risk of oil spills, mitigate environmental damage, and develop and maintain oil spill response capability.
  • Broadcast Journalism: New and Traditional Media — A group of 23 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to review the history, structure, and future of broadcast journalism in the U.S., and to explore the influence of social media and digital technologies on how citizens use and share information.
  • International Trade in a Changing Global Economic Landscape — A group of 24 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine current federal, state, and local initiatives in international trade and export promotion, and to review domestic economic forces that influence U.S. trade policy.
  • US Presidential Elections — A group of 4 visitors from India will visit Seattle to explore the primary elections system and how they shape the Presidential election cycle, see the work of campaign offices, and examine ways in which political parties resolve internal disputes.
  • Global Health – Building Country Capacity — A group of 24 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to promote international cooperation on the challenges facing the global community in preventing, treating, and managing health problems affecting general populations.

April 2016

  • Fulbright Scholars Enrichment Seminar A group of 75 Fulbright Scholars from around the world who are currently working at universities across the United States will visit Seattle for a seminar on climate change.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) — A group of 9 visitors from the Middle East will visit Seattle to explore best practices in foreign language teaching and training, and to observe English teaching methods at universities and secondary schools in Seattle.
  • Refugee Resettlement and Integration — A group of 7 visitors working in refugee aid and resettlement in countries across Europe will visit Seattle to learn about refugee resettlement and reintegration within the local community.
  • Combating Wildlife Trafficking — A group of 7 visitors from Mozambique will visit Seattle to assess U.S. efforts to deter poaching and trafficking of wildlife resources, and to discuss and strengthen global cooperation against wildlife trafficking.
  • Data Privacy and Protection in the U.S. — A group of 5 visitors from around Europe will visit Seattle to examine U.S. policies related to data privacy and protection, and to share perspectives on data privacy and its role in transatlantic cooperation and commerce.
  • American Libraries — A group of 6 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to explore the importance of community-based partnerships and strategies for promoting sustainability in American libraries, and to examine the role of libraries and information specialists in U.S. society.
  • Towards a More Safe and Secure World: International Crime Issues — A group of 6 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine the structure of the U.S. criminal justice system and how its principles are applied to the prosecution of international crime, and to foster global cooperation against terrorism and other international crime.
  • Law of the Sea – Maritime and Territorial Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region — A group of 4 visitors from East Asia and the Pacific will visit Seattle to explore the rights and responsibilities of nations with respect to their use of the world’s oceans, analyze the meaning of freedom of navigation in the Pacific and South China Sea, and assess options for peaceful dispute resolution.

March 2016

  • Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)— A group of 7 Tech Entrepreneurs from Latin America are visiting Seattle as a part of this pilot project, which is President Obama’s new program to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists in Latin America. Their program is focused on technology and business, and fellows participate in an internship with local incubators. 
  • Defending Dignity— A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle to examine the U.S. justice and legal system, and to explore non-profit advocacy and civic engagement.
  • Cyber Security and Government Interoperability— A group of 6 visitors from Poland will visit Seattle to study initiatives aimed at increasing coordination between government agencies that respond to cyber incidents and explore the critical roles of government, public and private partnerships working to prevent future cyberattacks.
  • Economic Development and Regulatory Reform—A group of 4 visitors from Kyrgystan will visit Seattle to examine state and local support for small businesses, especially involving minority and women entrepreneurs, as well as public and private organizations seeking to advance economic development in a transparent and accountable manner.
  • Environmental Stewardship and the Clean Energy Future—A group of 5 visitors from East Asia and the Pacific will visit Seattle to explore environmentally responsive technologies that improve air and water quality, recycling programs, environmentally sustainable industries, next generation energy innovations, and financing clean energy initiatives.
  • Advancing and Sustaining Civic Engagement—A group of 6 visitors from all over the world will visit Seattle to explore the American experience in expanding equal opportunities and civil rights for minority, indigenous, and immigrant communities, as well as promoting political and social engagement and the state and local level.
  • U.S. Foreign Policy for Telegu Journalists—A group of 5 visitors from India will visit Seattle to explore the use of social media and the role it plays in race-related social justice issues, media-related mechanisms for political analysis, the local impact of U.S. foreign policy priorities in tourism and international trade, government efforts to combat threats posed by terrorism and climate change, and non-profits working to end domestic violence.
  • Inclusiveness in the Decision Making Process—A group of 5 visitors from Turkey will visit Seattle to examine the methods employed to ensure accountability and responsibility to the public, prevent judicial corruption, encourage ethical leadership and transparency in business, and promote political participation and representation of minority and indigenous groups.
  • UNESCO/Freedom of Expression, Media Development, and Information Sector—A visiting member of UNESCO from China will visit Seattle to examine internet governance, freedom of expression, privacy laws and public access to information, the role of media and non-governmental organizations in information transparency, and U.S. elections. 

February 2016

  • Emerging Leaders on Environmental Enforcement in Support of the U.S.— A group of 5 visitors from Peru will visit Seattle to examine U.S. environmental enforcement policy and the impact of public involvement on the prevention of illegal logging and mining on protected U.S. land.
  • Early Childhood Education— A group of 4 visitors from the Kyrgyz Republic will visit Seattle to develop an understanding of the U.S. primary education system by examining the role of state government in education, curricular decision-making, educational policymaking, administration and management of schools, and school funding.
  • Women’s Empowerment— A group of 5 visitors from Turkey will visit Seattle to examine the U.S. political system and the role that women, through social and political activism, play as agents of change within their broader communities.
  • Regional Economic Connectivity— A group of 5 visitors from India will visit Seattle to explore the impact of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) on economic development and investment patterns, including issues of market access, intellectual property rights, worker wages and rights, environmental protection, and other trade-related issues.
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges— A group of 19 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to discuss foreign policy issues of concern to Europe and the U.S., including counter terrorism and security, transatlantic relations, the changing roles of international organizations such as NATO and the United Nations, and global trade trends which frame positions in U.S. foreign policy.
  • Combatting Trafficking in Persons— A group of 5 visitors from Malaysia will visit Seattle to explore the role of government agencies and private sector organizations in protecting victims of human trafficking, as well as U.S. policies and approaches to combat trafficking.
  • TTIP-Trade and Economic Development (Agriculture): Two visitors from France will visit Seattle to examine the U.S. political process, including the function of think tanks and advocacy groups in shaping debate, and the prominence of issues such as agriculture and free trade in this election cycle.
  • Global Health Security— A group of 18 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to foster an understanding of the purpose and function of the Global Health Security Agenda, and to create a greater appreciation for the need to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to infectious disease threats internationally.

January 2016

  • Accountability in Government and Business—A group of 19 visitors from Africa will visit Seattle to examine the role and structure of ethics in government and business in the United States and to illustrate the principles underlying transparency and accountability. They will address international efforts to strengthen the integrity of governments and businesses worldwide.
  • Youth Ambassador Program— A group of 13 youth leaders from Brazil will visit Seattle to develop their leadership skills, explore issues of social justice in both the United States and Brazil, and foster relationships with individuals of different ethnic, religious, and national groups.

December 2015

  • Strengthening Russia’s Trade Associations—A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit Seattle to explore government and private partnerships for international trade development by discussing the benefits and challenges of an export-oriented business strategy, as well as how to diversify global export by establishing working relationships with international trading organizations.
  • Vocational Education: Workforce Development Through Public-Private Partnerships—A group of 4 visitors from Mexico will visit Seattle to examine the U.S. system of higher education including organizational structure, administration, and student support services. Visitors will facilitate dialogue about how the U.S. addresses unemployment, re-employment, and critical shortages in the labor market.
  • Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security—A group of 10 visitors from Latin America will visit Seattle will deepen their understanding of gender equality and the Rule of Law by discussing human trafficking with a focus on women, refugee assistance for women and girls, and how empowered women leaders can influence public policy.
  • Political Action for Civil Rights—A group of 4 visitors from The Czech Republic and Slovakia will visit Seattle to examine civil society strategies to advocate for civil rights and promote political activism among members of minority groups, and initiatives to build bridges between diverse ethnic groups.

November 2015

  • Changemakers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.—A group of 14 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to discuss the way in which legislation can be used for innovation, the impact of businesses on education and the environment, and how technology can create social change.
  • OneBeat Music Diplomacy Exchange—A group of 36 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. Visitors will use the medium of music to collectively build healthy communities, prosperous societies, and a more peaceful world.
  • Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability—A group of 14 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine the legal systems that allow entrepreneurs to flourish, and to identify policies and social barriers that may discourage such enterprises. While exploring various business models and innovations, visitors will observe the effectiveness of the business sector in creating jobs and alleviating poverty worldwide.
  • Murrow 10th Anniversary Alumni Program—A group of 6 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to explore the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy. While observing operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the United States, visitors will gain insight into our social, economic and political structures.
  • Global Health Security—A group of 20 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to foster an understanding of the purpose and function of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and to examine how the GHSA addresses areas of prevention, detection, and response to global health security risks.
  • International Trade—An individual visitor from Germany on an EU mission to the US will visit Seattle to gain a more nuanced understanding of how U.S. International trade agreements, monetary policy, and federal and state fiscal policies contribute to the U.S. economy.

October 2015

  • American Youth: Inspiring Leadership & Civic Participation –A group of 19 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to explore advocacy and leadership strategies that facilitate social empowerment and justice, particularly for women and youth. They will examine model programs that promote civic awareness and youth leadership in a variety of contexts such as schools, colleges, associations, youth clubs, sports programs, arts programs, interfaith-initiatives, and political advocacy.
  • Transpacific Partnership—A group of 12 visitors from Asia and the Pacific will visit Seattle to examine the inner workings of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it will impact major sectors such as agriculture, textiles, apparel, insurance, e-commerce, etc. for both importing and exporting countries. They will learn the best practices from previous Free Trade Agreements and discuss the process for changing regulations in a variety of areas.
  • Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurship and Innovation—A group of 18 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship. Visitors will meet innovation and entrepreneurship policy makers at the national and regional levels and exchange policy experience aimed at strengthening entrepreneurs’ opportunities and successes.
  • HANDS Professional Fellowship Program on Women’s Issues – A group of 6 visitors from Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco will visit the United States to explore NGO empowerment for organizations that work to improve the status of women. 
  • Advocacy and Education for At-Risk Youth—A group of 25 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine initiatives that promote youth empowerment and prevent delinquency, substance abuse, and gang involvement. Local programs will focus on promoting the economic, social, and political advancement of disadvantaged youth through educational initiatives, cultural activities, civic participation, the arts, and sports.
  • Changemakers: Women as Community Leaders—A group of 25 visitors from around the world will visit Seattle to examine the role of civic organizations in promoting the participation of women in their communities. Visitors will explore advocacy strategies, strategic planning methods, and management styles that facilitate community advancement and women’s leadership.
  • Japan Productivity Center—A group of 10 emerging business leaders will visit Seattle to explore corporate social responsibility initiatives, visit a local school, and participate in home hospitality with a local community remember.
  • Open World Ukraine: Accountable Governance, NGO Development, and Independent Media – A group of 6 visitors from Ukraine will visit the United States to participate in professional programming with local organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions to explore the role of government transparency and non-profit development in supporting independent media in the U.S.
  • International Trade—A group of 5 visitors from the Near East and North Africa will visit Seattle to study U.S. trade and investment practices, as well as domestic and international economic forces that influence U.S. trade policy and the policy-making process. Visitors will also examine the growing “green” sectors: biotechnology, manufacturing, agri-business, and e-business, and how they compete in the world market.

September 2015

  • Children’s Issues and Immigration Authority – An individual visitor from Mongolia will visit the United States to examine U.S. policy and regulation concerning international adoption processes and procedures, laws that protect children’s rights, and laws and regulations that pertain to establishing citizenship or legal residency in the U.S.
  • Promoting Good Governance and Decentralization – A group of 3 visitors from Indonesia will visit the United States to examine the various factors that influence the U.S. government; including media, legislators, and the public. The visitors will also explore practices that promote government transparency, and other behaviors central to effective, decentralized government. 
  • Risk Management in Adventure Tourism – A group of 6 visitors from Macedonia will visit the United States to explore policies, systems, protocols, technologies, and other innovative approaches to effective risk management. Additionally, the visitors will examine how these techniques can be implemented in Macedonia where a market opening in adventure tourism.
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Energy Security – A group of 24 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to review U.S. national energy and climate policy challenges and international cooperative efforts to develop secure and transparent global energy markets. 
  • International Crime Issues – A group of 4 visitors from Indonesia will visit the United States to examine how various organizations in the U.S. coordinate efforts among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies against financial crimes, drug dealings, border crossing, and acts of terrorism. The visitors will also explore how the U.S. aids other nations around the world in managing their crime issues. 

August 2015

  • U.S. Veterinary Sector’s Systems for Detecting, Diagnosing, and Reporting Disease – A group of 5 visitors from Azerbaijan will visit the United States to examine best practices on veterinary laboratory diagnostics and analysis methods, and to explore U.S. national and international efforts in global and animal health. 
  • Health and Social Issues; At Risk Underserved People – An individual visitor from Romania will visit the United States to explore programs and research devoted to the reductions of risks associated with drug use, examine HIV prevention programs that have been implemented in the U.S., and explore advocacy initiatives working on behalf of HIV patients and former drug users. 
  • Youth Leadership and Community Service – A group of 7 visitors from Estonia will visit the United States to examine youth issues in the U.S., specifically how the NGO and government sectors engage youth in marginalized communities, how to promote community service, and best practices for communicating in a multicultural environment and across linguistic divisions. 
  • Japan and South Korea Youth Leadership Program – A group of 8 female high school students and 2 adult mentors from South Korea and Japan will visit the United States to explore civic education and leadership through the lens of entrepreneurship and innovation. The visitors will have the opportunity to engage in programs that examine these topics with their Seattle-area female high school student counterparts.
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment – An individual visitor from Mauritius will visit the United States to examine how organizations and individuals in the U.S. have made concrete advances for women in corporate leadership positions through both legislative and corporate policy. 
  • Changemakers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S. – A group of 25 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to examine the role of entrepreneurship in the U.S. focusing on what makes these ventures sustainable and self-sufficient. Additionally, the group will introduce international social entrepreneurs to their American counterparts to discuss best practices and innovative approaches to social change. 
  • Empowering Youth through the Performing Arts – A group of 5 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to examine how the performing arts are used as a medium to assist youth in building life skills. The visitors will explore how art forms are used in innovative ways to address issues confronting youth such as identity and assimilation, and discrimination and prejudice.
  • Energy Infrastructure Projects – A group of 9 visitors from Pakistan and Afghanistan  will visit the United States to examine the intersection between sustainable energy infrastructures and the health of the environment. Specifically the visitors will address best practices on energy plants, and nuclear energy management. 
  • Summer Leadership Program for Cuban Youth – A group of 12 visitors from Cuba will visit the United States to explore individual leadership styles, decision making processes, and working with and among various leadership styles such that the greatest outcomes are always achieved.
  • Elected Kashmiri Officials and Leaders – A group of 5 visitors from India will visit the United States to explore economic empowerment of women and youth, engaging youth in politics, and how youth and community involvement benefits the development and improvement of policies and programs.

July 2015

  • Middle East Partnership Initiative – A group of 15 college students from the Middle East and North Africa will visit the United States to explore best practices in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship programs. Specifically, the participants will examine planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes of philanthropic programs. 
  • Transportation, Roads, and Infrastructure Planning – A group of 4 visitors from Turkmenistan will visit the United States to examine best practices for improving the efficiency of transportation assets and facilitating the movement of goods, the role of government officials in transportation planning and construction, measures in international trade to assure transparency, and the use of internet technology to optimize transportation and logistics management. 
  • Cybersecurity and Asia Pacific Relations – An individual visitor from France will visit the United States to examine the advent of cybersecurity networks operating in the U.S. under the Patriot Act, how cybersecurity coincides with the rights of free speech and privacy for U.S. citizens, and U.S. relations with Asia Pacific. 
  • Public Health in the U.S.: Grassroots Organization and Outreach – A group of 14 visitors from Africa will visit the United States to address education and prevention programs, research and development, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, STD’s, and tuberculosis. The visitors will also review U.S. policies on HIV/AIDS and malaria, underscoring the U.S. commitment to assist other countries in combating infectious diseases.
  • Advocacy for the Rights of People with Disabilities – A groups of 2 visitors from Romania will visit the United States to explore best practices in advocacy and combating discrimination against people with disabilities, and examine assistive technologies and services that enable people with disabilities to live full and independent lives.
  • African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program – A group of 8 visitors from Africa will visit the United States to explore how women and other disadvantaged groups have overcome social barriers, raised capital, and developed sound business plans that result in successful entrepreneurship. The visitors will also examine the political, economic and social factors that influence and encourage the professional development of women entrepreneurship in the U.S. 
  • Indigenous Youth Leadership – A group of 2 visitors from Australia will visit the United States to examine U.S. laws that afford equal opportunity to all citizens. The visitors will also explore political activism and how it advances social inclusion and Native American sovereignty, cultural preservation efforts, economic conditions and land rights. 
  • Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program – A group of students from Iraq will visit the United States to develop skills in leadership and civic engagement among participants enabling them to be active change makers in their communities. The students will also build mutual understanding between people of Iraq and the U.S. and foster a respect for diversity. 
  • Mexico Youth Leadership Program (Jóvenes en Acción) – A group of youth participants from Mexico will visit the United States to build leadership, communication, English language, and community engagement skills. The participants will also engage in workshops, community service activities, meetings with community leaders, and site visits. 

June 2015

  • Building Positive Youth Engagement – A group of 10 visitors from Angola will visit the United States to explore creative ways to use both public and cultural spaces to engage youth and provide community programming including sports, digital and in-person engagement. The visitors will also examine innovative uses of technology as a learning tool, particularly its use in pedagogy in environments where computers and internet are available. 
  • Transportation, Roads, and Infrastructure Planning – A group of 3 visitors from Turkmenistan will visit the United States to examine the operations of managing a municipal transportation system, major infrastructure projects, and practices for sustainable and equitable public transportation. 
  • Indigenous Communities in the United States – A group of 10 visitors from the Western Hemisphere will visit the United States to explore how Native American groups maintain linguistic, societal, and historical traditions while seeking economic growth and various levels inter-connectivity with dominant American culture. The visitors will also observe how Native American tribal members’ civil rights are ensured and how members meet their civic responsibilities.
  • Grassroots Democracy and Citizen Activism – A group of 6 visitors from Venezuela will visit the United States to explore how citizen groups, community, and political organizations, candidates, and election officials prepare and organize for elections at the national, state, and local levels. The visitors will also examine the critical role of citizen participation in the democratic process. 
  • Human Rights, Civic Empowerment and Minority Communities – A group of 8 visitors from East Asia and the Pacific will visit the United States to examine the experience of minority and marginalized groups in the U.S. and efforts to advocate for their political, economic and social concerns at the federal, state, and local levels. The visitors will also explore the role of government, nonprofit and grassroots organizations in advancing civil rights and equal opportunity. 
  • Promoting the Rights of Minorities in the U.S. – A group of 6 visitors from Montenegro will examine issues facing minority groups, particularly women and girls in minority populations, as well as the responsibilities that face youth within these communities. The visitors will also explore federal, state, and local policies, programs, and institutions that facilitate integration of minorities and equal access for women in the community. 
  • The Role of Women in the Political System: A group of 6 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to examine the U.S. political system during the run-up to the 2015 Congressional off-year elections, and the participation of women in the system, at the local, state, and national levels. The visitors will also explore how women enter politics from roles in various sectors and examine the significance of women’s participation in politics. 
  • TTIP- Trade and Economic Development – A group of 2 visitors from France will visit the United States to explore U.S. E-commerce business models, organizations and strategy. The visitors will also visit different scales of dairy farms and vineyards and examine energy transition current trends and issues at federal, state, and local levels. 
  • Trade and Finance – A group of 9 visitors from Latin America will visit the United States to examine major developments in the global economic landscape and their impact on the U.S. and Latin America. The visitors will also explore the U.S. economic system, domestic economic forces that influence U.S. trade policy, and the policy-making process. 
  • U.S. Agricultural Trade and Food Safety – A group of 8 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to examine U.S. policies and programs related to agricultural trade, food safety and sustainable agriculture. The visitors will also explore how federal, regional and local programs for agricultural research, inspection, trade promotion and resource conservation help ensure U.S. agricultural competitiveness in the global marketplace.

May 2015

  • Pathways to Sustainable Development – A group of 7 visitors from the Western Hemisphere will visit the United States to examine U.S. interests and achievements in realizing sustainable environmental goals in international trade, and to examine American public and private sector efforts to address key environmental issues at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Wildlife Conservation: Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking – A group of 11 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to explore best practices in protecting wildlife populations and enforcing poaching and trafficking laws at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Trends in Tourism and Economic Development: A group of 19 visitors from around the world will visit the United States to examine strategies and policies to promote tourism locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, with an emphasis on marketing, infrastructure, public safety, and customer service.
  • Hands Along the Nile: Professional Fellowship Program – A group of 4 visitors from Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco will visit the United States to explore best practices in supporting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Economic Journalism – A group of 7 visitors from Egypt will visit the United States to examine U.S. journalistic standards, operational practices, and ethics, and to visit traditional and new media outlets to explore their respective roles in disseminating news and information.
  • Textbook and Curriculum Development – A group of 5 visitors from Azerbaijan will visit the United States to observe curriculum design, strategy, and evaluation protocol, and to understand the role of textbooks designers in the process of curriculum development.

April 2015

  • Sustainable External Trade Practices – A group of 5 visitors from Kazakhstan will visit the United States to understand Intellectual Property Rights, learn about transparency and notification standards, and examine the effect of regional trade agreements within the World Trade Organization framework.
  • Ending Gender-Based Violence – A group of 6 visitors from Latin America will visit the United States to explore strategies in combating gender-based violence in the United States, government efforts to utilize law enforcement to identify forms of gender-based abuse and protect the rights of these victims, and private outreach organizations that focus specifically on aiding and preventing this issue.
  • Women & Entrepreneurship – A group of 24 women from around the world will visit the United States to explore challenges and strategies for development for women in STEM. In addition, they will learn and meet various partnerships, organizations, and women in action coming together to advance women and girls in these fields.
  • Issues in International Crime – A group of 11 visitors from Africa will visit the United States to examine the structure of the US criminal justice system, as well as US foreign policy priorities to build global cooperation against terrorism and other international crime.
  • IVLP Gold Star Alumni – One of IVLP 2015 Gold Star Alumni from Nepal will visit the United States to examine the direct impact of the IVLP has on participants, their communities, and their home countries.  The visitor will also recognize the impact of the IVLP and raise the visibility of the accomplishments achieved by alumni that are a direct result of their initial project. 
  • Scaling Up Technology Commercialization, Knowledge Transfer, and Innovation – A group of 4 visitors from Mexico will visit the United States to explore programs and initiatives to promote technology commercialization and innovation from the research stage to the global marketplace. In addition, they will discuss economic development activities designed to develop a strong technology sector and consider efforts to promote the development of STEM researchers.  
  • Trade Issues – A group of 10 visitors from China will visit the United States to gain an understanding of U.S. business processes, how businesses are formed, cooperate and relate to federal, state, local governments. The visitors will also deepen their knowledge of how U.S. policies and social initiatives help to create a ‘business-friendly’ environment. 
  • Transportation Safety and Security – A group of 3 visitors from Canada will enhance insight into the current U.S. transportation safety and security police and regulatory landscape, chiefly with regard to rail and rail shipments of crude oil. 

March 2015

  • Capacity Building to Empower Girls – A group of 14 visitors from around the world will visit the U.S. to explore best practices in developing leadership skills in girls and young women, and to evaluate the long-term impacts of community organizations such as girls clubs and after-school programs.
  • U.S. Judicial System – A group of 18 visitors from around the world will visit the U.S. to examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial system, and to explore the roles of professional associations and citizen groups in ensuring judicial fairness and transparency.
  • Transportation Issues in the U.S. – An international visitor from France will visit the U.S. to explore transportation issues from the perspectives for security, legal frameworks, and research and development.
  • Collaborating on Effective International Security and Immigration Law – A participant from the United Kingdom will visit the United States to explore issues in border security and immigration, partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and their collaborative efforts in enhancing border security, and as well as US-UK cooperation in national security and counter-terrorism.
  • Programming for Labor Migration and Migrant Adaptation – A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit the United States to explore the country’s approach to immigration and the law that govern the issue, current debates and challenges related to immigration policy and reform, and the development for migrant-centered adaptation programs to assist with integration. 
  • Managing Cultural Institutions – A group of 4 visitors from Brazil will visit the United States to examine methods of promoting community advocacy in the issues of cultural preservation, implementing these ideas through federal, state and local level enforcement, and in turn managing these cultural institutions. 

February 2015

  • Agricultural Trade – An international visitor from The United Kingdom will visit the U.S. to examine policies and programs related to agricultural trade, food safety, and sustainable agriculture, and to explore how agricultural research programs help ensure U.S. agricultural competitiveness.
  • Preventing Violence Against Women – A group of 10 visitors from Canada will visit the U.S. to explore best practices to prevent and raise awareness of violence against women, especially among vulnerable populations such as immigrant communities and Native Americans.
  • Accountability in Government and Business – A group of 4 visitors from Indonesia will visit the U.S. to examine U.S. local governments’ accountability and transparency mechanisms, and to understand the role of watchdog groups, private sector businesses, community organizations, and the press in shaping government policies.
  • Children in the US Justice System – A group of 21 visitors from around the world will visit the U.S. to explore the U.S. legal structures in place to protect children, examine the juvenile justice system and best practices in treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders, and explore international cooperation efforts to combat trafficking in children and child exploitation.
  • Volunteerism and Youth – A group of 11 visitors from the ASEAN countries will visit the U.S. to explore programs that foster civic engagement in underserved communities, examine advocacy and leadership strategies that facilitate social empowerment and justice, and explore efforts to counter violent extremism through community activism.
  • Community Empowerment – A group of 2 visitors from Thailand will visit the U.S. to explore special interest advocacy, examine political and economic empowerment through education, and learn how political involvement empowers minority communities.
  • US Foreign Policy – A group of 3 visitors from Germany will visit the U.S. to strengthen their understanding of U.S. foreign and security policy, examine the structure of the U.S. international affairs community, and focus on American views toward international piracy and multilateral engagement in security issues like terrorism and human trafficking.
  • Contemporary US Economy – A group of 12 visitors from Europe will visit the U.S. to examine how American industries attempt to remain competitive in the world market, review issues related to the global financial crisis that begin in 2008, and discuss U.S. involvement in emerging markets.
  • Women in STEM Fields – A group of 18 visitors from around the world will visit the U.S. to network with professional counterparts, showcase their scientific accomplishments, and explore policies, organizations, and educational institutions that champion the interests of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

January 2015

  • Youth Ambassador Program – A group of 10 youth leaders from Brazil will visit the U.S. to develop their leadership skills, seek mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Brazil, and foster relationships with individuals of different ethnic, religious, and national groups.
  • Transpacific Network of Multilateral Security and Economic Relationships – A group of 7 visitors from Asia will visit the U.S. to analyze the economic and security implications of the U.S. strategic rebalance to Asia policy, and to examine emerging threats and identify opportunities to improve peace, stability, and development in East Asia.
  • Journalism Education in America – A group of 5 visitors from The Palestinian Territories will visit the U.S. to examine how journalism schools develop curricula, provide practical experience for students, work with local news organizations and government agencies, and incorporate digital media in their programs.
  • American Language Teachers – A group of 25 visitors from around the world will visit the U.S. to interact with language teachers and students in K-12 classroom settings, exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology, and connect with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Guarding the Guardians – A group of 6 visitors from Russia will visit the U.S. to examine how American oversight organizations collaborate positively with law enforcement, and to learn best practices for handling problems or violations within government and law enforcement organizations.