BRINGING THE WORLD TO AUSTIN
The U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a valuable asset for American Diplomacy and GlobalAustin is proud to bring it to Austin. The participants in this program are given an opportunity to participate and be provided in depth information on a wide variety of topics, enjoy local hospitality, and experience cultural enrichment. GlobalAustin works with the U.S. Department of State and program agencies in Washington, D.C. to create professional and personal opportunities for international leaders and opinion makers to meet and exchange ideas with American citizens.
These guests are distinguished leaders or emerging leaders from various countries around the world. Over 194 current world politicians have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Programs. GlobalAustin has an extensive outreach program for community involvement in visitor programming and has a broad spectrum of community resources. We arrange for these international visitors to meet and share ideas with local leaders in both the private and public sector. In addition, we arrange for home hospitality. As a result of these meetings, enduring personal and professional relationships are formed among the future leaders of the world. Our goal is to develop a more internationally competent citizenry through quality programs for international visitors.
Discover Citizen Diplomacy
Citizen diplomacy is the concept that, in a vibrant democracy, the individual citizen has the right–even the responsibility–to help shape foreign relations, “one handshake at a time.”
In practical terms, citizen diplomats are professionals, families, students, interns, and travelers who make an impact by reaching out to individuals from other countries to build bridges of mutual understanding.
There are many ways to get involved with citizen diplomacy. You can become a member of our board, volunteer, supporter, or attend an event. We welcome foreign professionals and students to the area every month. Learn more about Austin’s opportunities to meet our visitors by exploring our Programs!
We build person-to-person relationships “One handshake at a time.”
GlobalAustin is a non-member corporation currently marking 50 years of leadership in citizen diplomacy. Serving as the international exchange community, we are part of a nationwide network of Community Member Organizations, National Program Agencies, Associate Member Organizations, and individuals. GlobalAustin designs and implements professional programs, provides cultural activities, and offers home hospitality for foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchanges. With leadership and training, member organizations are expert at matching the resources of their communities with the needs of International Visitors.
Our offices are located at:
1103 W. 24th Street
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 215-0140
Fax: (512) 215-0157
Int’l Visitor Leadership Program: (512) 215-0146