The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) was founded in 1940 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.
Over the last 25 years, Embassy Bridgetown has succesfully nominated more than 500 professionals from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to participate in International Visitor Leadership Programs. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.
There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by U.S. Embassy staff.
For additional information please visit http://eca.state.gov/ivlp.
Here are some recent IVLP participants from the Eastern Caribbean: