The Vermont Council on World Affairs is a proud member of Global Ties U.S., a network of almost 100 organizations across the United States that work together to implement the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Each year, the VCWA connects hundreds of visitors with NGOs, local businesses, government officials, and other community members throughout Vermont. Meetings, site visits, workshops, and round table discussions, provide opportunities to expand professional networks and share information. Recent program topics include renewable energy, government accountability, social entrepreneurship, and youth leadership.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, IVLP seeks to expand mutual understanding between Americans and individuals from other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Each year, thousands of visitors from all over the world travel to communities throughout the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience American culture firsthand.
The visitors, current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, and other fields, are selected by U.S. officials overseas. More than 290 current and former Heads of State, 2,000 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the IVLP including:
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt
Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France
Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand