International Visitor Leadership Program

Ambassadors rate the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) as the most effective foreign policy tool of American diplomacy. Over 250 past visitors to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program are current or former Heads of Government or Chiefs of State. Alumni include: President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of The United Kingdom, President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, Prime Minister Tony Blair of The United Kingdom, and President F.W. deKlerk of South Africa, to name a few who have participated in these programs before attaining their level of prominence in the world. 

The IVLP is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through carefully designed visits that reflect the participants' professional interests and support U.S foreign policy goals.  Program participants are either established or potential foreign opinion makers in government, public policy, media, education, labor, the arts, and other key fields. Selected by American embassies around the world, these international visitors come to the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to gain and appreciate the ethnic, cultural, political, and socio-economic diversity of the U.S.

The IVLP in Kansas City is administered through close collaboration with 8 non-profit program agencies in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Department of State.  KCIVC is one of 94 community-based organizations in cities across the U.S., whose members arrange professional meetings, cultural activities and home hospitality for the visitors. These non-profit organizations are members of Global Ties U.S.  The International Visitors Council of Greater Kansas City arranges professional meetings for the IVLP participants in the state of Kansas and western Missouri.

You can get involved with the IVLP program by hosting a group of these distinguished guests at a dinner in your home, or through professional meetings.

What is the relationship between IVLP and KCIVC? 

Over 80% of the programs arranged by KCIVC are for the International Visitor Leadership Program.  In fiscal year 2010, KCIVC hosted 295 visitors from over 125 countries and generated revenue of more than $310,000 for Greater Kansas City.  Over 9,685 hours of volunteer time have been given to host professional meetings, through service on our board of directors, and through home hospitality; all important features that contribute to the success of the program.