World Affairs Council participates in the IVLP to provide international visitors a chance to explore St. Louis and learn from the wealth of knowledge, experience, and innovation found through the city. Our visitors leave profoundly changed by what they learned and the connections they made. Yet the incredible effect of IVLP is not one sided. IVLP in turn has a significant impact on St. Louis. While our local experts share their own knowledge, they gain firsthand understanding of their industry or social cause abroad. They are able to learn from their counterparts across the ocean. IVLP meetings end with exchanges of contact information, business cards, and the desire to maintain connections going forward.
IVLP also provides significant, positive economic impacts on the city. For every visitor, hotel rooms are booked, transportation is arranged, meals are ordered, tickets are purchased, and the local economy thrives.