Since 2013, ECA has become a leader in developing and applying new program models, practices, and technologies in the field of virtual exchange. Virtual and blended virtual/in-person exchange programming models have become more sophisticated and better adapted to accomplishing public diplomacy and other foreign policy goals. The Virtual Exchange Toolkit contains examples of best practices and guidance in the design, implementation, and evaluation of virtual and blended exchange programs. Examples of recent ECA virtual and blended exchange pilot programs are also described below.

Text graphic reads: International Visitor Leadership Program
This month, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) will launch a new initiative, A Global Moment in Time. The three hybrid projects will begin virtually this fall with plans for an in-person component in the United States in fall 2022.
They detailed their stories and their work in disability rights, legislation, and activism during three impactful webinars.
Nearly 100 participants included reps from universities, museums, and coin associations.
The Escola Municipal Minas Gerais Science Club performed plays, put on demonstrations and even designed board games to promote awareness of mosquito-borne diseases and their prevention
Middle school children may seem like unlikely ambassadors, and even less likely global health advocates. However, an international, collaborative interagency initiative, called the Zika Education and Prevention Project, is empowering school children around the world to combat disease outbreaks.
On September 16, 2019, ECA launched its first year-long, multi-office pilot program entitled Communities and Youth for Promoting Hip Hop, Empowerment, and Resiliency (CYPHER), led by ECA’s innovation team, the Collaboratory.
Stevens Initiative
Today, the Stevens Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, announced six new grants to schools and organizations to implement virtual exchange programs for students at educational institutions ranging from middle school through the university level.