IVLP Fast Facts
International visitors to St. Louis every year
Countries visited St. Louis from 2018-2019
Local resources engaging with IVLP visitors
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. U.S. Embassies abroad designate which visitors will travel to the United States; however, this exchange is not merely an international experience, but a chance to cultivate lasting relationships with local counterparts.
Visitors to the World Affairs Council of St. Louis are able to engage in our vibrant and beautiful city as one part of their visit experience. The first week of the program, the visitors begin in Washington, DC before traveling to two or three locations across the States. This experience allows for the exchange of ideas on a larger scale – as these citizen ambassadors return to meet with their counterparts and discuss the different locations that they each visited.
This program allows for individuals in St. Louis to gain cross-cultural understanding skills, as well as stimulating the local economy. On a larger scale, the program supports the foreign policy goals of the United States.
“Many communities will benefit and many lives will be touched in Zambia through the Savannah Project’s Communities of Influence just as I have been influenced by the IVLP and my American counterparts.”