The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) relies on the commitment and skills of volunteer-based community organizations across the United States.

Local volunteer-based community organizations, which are members of Global Ties U.S., develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for International Visitors. There are currently more than 90 community organizations in 44 states, and they rely primarily on volunteer “citizen diplomats” to create quality experiences for participants.

To get involved in your community and expand your world, visit the Global Ties U.S. website for information about activities in your city, state, or region.

The IVLP Experience

Find out what it's like to participate in IVLP programs and initiatives.

Contact Us

Office of International Visitors
Community Resources Division
Tel: (202) 632-3283
Fax: (202) 632-9393

In their own words

Photo of Anita Bevan next to plaque saying "May all who enter as guests leave as friends."
Anita B. Host/Volunteer Western Hemisphere International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Western Hemisphere Read the story