Past Programs

Through the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program, International Visitors Leadership Program participants and Global Ties Arizona Members share experiences to strengthen local communities and foster a peaceful, prosperous world.

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.

World leaders, ranging from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Mexico's former president Felipe Calderón, developed close ties to the United States through their experience as IVLP participants. With an impressive alumni roster of more than 350 current and former heads of state worldwide, the IVLP and members of the Global Ties network have played a role in shaping U.S. international relations for decades.

The IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of Global Ties U.S. members, like Global Ties Arizona, across the United States to develop local professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for IVLP participants.

Contemporary Trends in Higher Education

One visitor from Poland will make the rounds of Arizona's Higher Education Institutions studying all levels of Higher Education Management....

Labor Migration

Situated at the crossroads of entry and disbursement, Arizona is a hub for migration of labor throughout the U.S. making it the ideal location for these ...

Innovation Lab-to-Market

International Visitors from the Phillippines will engage with Arizonans to discuss how ideas become product, and the protection of intellectual property ...

Encouraging Moderate Voices

This group of 4 IVLP participants will not only enjoy Arizona's cultural offerings, but will meet with professional counterparts looking at issues th...

British American Parliamentary Group - With Congressman Tom O'Halleran

Tentative!
A member of British Parliament will be shadowing Rep. O'Halleran in Washington, DC and will travel with him to Phoenix to experienc...

Introduction to U.S. Government and Society

Seven International Visitors from China visit Phoenix and Tucson to learn about our governmental system and how we are each involved in our democracy and...

Preventing Trafficking Against People

This IVLP visitor group will be in Arizona to study topics related to Preventing Human Trafficking.  They hail from Egypt and will look specifically...

Enhancing Justice Institutions

With a short visit in Phoenix and northern Arizona, these visitors from Columbia will travel to rural locations on their journey to Tucson and the Southe...

American Libraries

Libraries are not only repositories of books and databases; they serve as community centers for diverse populations, information hubs for local entrepren...

Preserving Iraq's Cultural Heritage

A key focus of U.S. support for Iraw's cultural heritage is developing Iraq's capacity to conserve and manage heritage sites and artifacts.  ...

Urban Management

Turkmenistan, like many other countries in the world, is currently seeing significant growth in its urban areas.  This program will teach participan...

Indigenous Communitites

This group of participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program is from Taiwan.  If you have interest in meeting with them, please contac...

Accelerating Women's Economic Participation in the U.S.

Seven business women from China will visit Arizona as part of their program of professional and cultural exchange.  If you want to meet these visito...

This Planet - Africa

A group of African leaders will visit Arizona as part of their cultural and professional exchange with the International Visitor Leaderhsip Program. &nbs...

Journalism and U.S. Foreign Policy

Visitors from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia visit Arizona to meet with media professi...

Leadership Development for Women

Three Haitian women, all emerging leaders, will visit Arizona as part of the IVLP program.  They will be working on improving their leadership skill...

Ending Gender-Based Violence

Visitors from Afghanistan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and SriLanka will be in Arizona as the last leg of their three weeks in the United States looking at i...

Emerging Leaders : Newly Elected Officials

These IV’s are from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, France, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, and Uganda, and are visiting Arizona to lea...

Investigative Journalism

 
These IV’s are from many different countries and will be concluding their program in Arizona.  Part of this program is a large p...

Government and Media Communications

These IV’s come from Afghanistan and are visiting Arizona to meet with Government Communications staff members and media to study methodologies use...

Digital Media Freedom

These IV’s come from Turkey and will be meeting with media outlets, bloggers, and citizen journalists to examine how technology is impacting the bu...

Our Planet – Urban Sustainability : Resilient Cities

These IV’s come from multiple countries and will be meeting with local sustainability experts to discuss how Arizona is reaching toward sustainabil...

Democratic Transitions

These IV's represent Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Serbia, Thailand, and Venezula. They are in the U.S. and Phoenix with a program titled, "D...

New and Traditional Media (Tajikistan)

Global Ties Arizona Members and Guests are encouraged to welcome these visitors to Arizona at Global Encounters on Monday, November 28th. Register Here f...

Building Government Capacity for Municipal Leaders

Global Ties Arizona and the City of Scottsdale hosted a group of City Council people and Civil Activists in Israel for six days this month to observe bui...

Promoting Women’s Participation and Reconciliation : Afghanistan

A group of Afghani leaders and women’s activists visited the Valley of the Sun this week to observe and develop stronger messaging and programming ...

International Trade and Finance : Latin America and the Global Economy

Global Ties Arizona hosted a group of international leaders from eight countries in South and Latin America: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, P...

Refugee Resettlement and Integration Portugal

Over the course of four days, International Leaders from Portugal learned of the processes included in refugee resettlement and integration into a new co...

NGO Management in the U.S. : Multi-Regional

Scholars from over seven nations around the world spent nearly a week in the State of Arizona, learning from high level professionals about management of...

Job Placement Centers and Career Planning : Pakistan

The City of Scottsdale and Global Ties Arizona hosted an International Visitor Leadership Program for delegates from the nation of Pakistan. The Pakistan...

Supporting Social Change through Youth Engagement and Empowerment : Armenia

A delegation from the nation of Armenia participated in an International Leadership Visitor Program sponsored by Global Ties Arizona and the City of Scot...

Fostering Economic Growth through Municipalities : Montenegro

In coordination with the U.S. Department of State and Global Ties Arizona, visitors from the country of Montenegro enjoyed four days of programming in th...

Engaging LGBTI Allies : Poland

In coordination with the U.S. Department of State, the International Leadership Visitor Program and Global Ties Arizona, a group of scholars and grass ro...

Citizens Against Violence : Bangladesh

International Visitor Leadership Program Participants from the nation of Bangladesh, spent time in the Valley of the Sun discussing ways to develop organ...

U.S. Political Process and Foreign Policy Formulation : People’s Republic of China

Two scholars and two interpreters participated in an outstanding tour of Arizona politics and the Presidential Preference Election. Accompanied by Austin...

Working Together To Ensure Public Safety : Republic of Korea

Over the course of a few days in the Valley of the Sun, scholars from the Republic of Korea discussed plans of public safety officials and affiliates dur...