Often, we here at the World Affairs Council post about the exciting IVLP groups we welcome to St. Louis throughout the year. Sometimes we can get caught up in the planning for future groups, but today let’s take a look at the groups from this past year.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a program coordinated in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and private programming agencies to connect international professionals, businesses, and organizations. At the heart of IVLP is the belief in the importance of citizen diplomacy. Simply put, IVLP stands for human connection. We here at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis work tirelessly year-round to bring individuals from all over the world who span a wide range of industries and pursue a multitude of different passions. But where exactly do these visitors come from?

Since January of 2018, the World Affairs Council has welcomed visitors from 104 unique countries from 6 out of 7 continents. The United Nations officially recognizes 195 countries. 53% of all countries in the world made human connections in the past year alone. 23 countries sent multiple visitors to St. Louis on different programs.

What’s even more diverse than the countries our visitors come from? The topics they come to discuss! From water resource security to building transparency in government institutions and everything in between, St. Louis professionals and organizations share their high levels of expertise on a wide range of important subjects. Click here for the full list of 2018 IVLP program categories.