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! Below you will find ways you can help with the International Visitor Leadership Program in St. Louis. If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form here.

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
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.

Interested in Becoming an Intern?
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.