Ways to Get Involved

Engage in Citizen Diplomacy

Citizen diplomacy is the idea that individual citizens have the right, if not the responsibility, to help shape the United States’ foreign relations “one handshake at a time.” To provide our visitors with the best experience, we need your help!

Be a Professional Resource

When visitors come to St. Louis, they meet with their professional counterparts to exchange best-practice ideas and establish personal connections in the United States. If you’d like to take part in this aspect of citizen diplomacy, please let us know. We are always looking to expand our network of professional resources.

Take Visitors Sightseeing

Although visitors spend most of their days in meetings, we like to give them the opportunity to see some of St. Louis’s greatest attractions. Spend an afternoon or morning showing them the sights that make St. Louis the Gateway to the West.


Host Visitors for Lunch or Dinner

2018 IVLP participants at dinner

Our visitors especially appreciate the chance to interact with local citizens in their homes. Hosting visitors for lunch or dinner is a great way to get to know them and play your part as a citizen diplomat. There are ample opportunities throughout the year to host visitors. The home hospitality visits are truly a staple experience for our IVLP visitors.




The International Visitor Leadership Program at the World Affairs Council typically hosts an unpaid intern to assist with arranging the visits, organizing our information, researching area resources and welcoming visitors. Interns usually stay for the summer or the length of a semester.

Please note that our Summer 2019 internship spots have all been filled. However, we are still looking for Fall 2019 interns. If you have any questions about the internship program or application, please email jlange@wac-stl.org.

Have any questions or interested in signing up? Contact us!