Every year over 300 emerging leaders from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through the Council’s International Visitors Programs. These programs include both short-term and long-term exchanges and are typically sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as part of our ongoing public diplomacy efforts.
U.S. diplomats find that foreign decision makers who have firsthand experience in the United States are more understanding of the factors that shape our foreign policy and are more open to U.S. negotiating positions. In addition, the National Council on International Visitors (NCIV) surveyed participants from multiple countries and found:
• 97% of IVLP alumni respondents agreed that the program helps achieve the legislative
goals of increasing mutual understanding between Americans and people of other
• 91% have communicated more accurate information about the United States to other
people in their home country based on the knowledge they gained
during their IVLP experience in the U.S.
• 77% felt their IVLP exchange experience increased their willingness to trust Americans to a
great or moderate extent, while 71% agreed that the United States is a trustworthy
All International Visitors hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs have been identified by U.S. embassies abroad as emerging leaders in their respective fields. The Council’s staff and volunteers organize professional meetings, cultural events and home visits for program participants, the main goal being to build bridges of mutual understanding.
As we open our hearts, minds, homes and businesses to foreign visitors we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural and educational ties with the rest of the world. Want to get involved?
JOIN OUR TEAM OF CITIZEN DIPLOMATS!
Curious about the next group of international visitors coming to Cleveland? See our Events Calendar.
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