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In late-April 2024, we hosted 21 human and civil rights practitioners and advocates for a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange for collective social justice.

Stay up-to-date with all of our upcoming and past international exchange delegations for 2024.

In March, we had the privilege of hosting “Sustainability and Economic Development in the Blue Economy,” a U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegation from the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu, dedicated to fostering a sustainable oceanic future.

This is the power of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP): Building meaningful, lasting connections that keep us together while 5,969 miles (9,606 km) apart. In April 2021—five years after arranging Saad Abid’s local IVLP experience—we at Global Ties San Francisco partnered with Saad’s Association Bahri to engage our respective communities in a series of Earth Month 🌱 challenges to #RestoreOurEarth.

Sydney Tweedley is one of our spring 2024 International Visitors Programming Interns at Global Ties San Francisco.

Earlier this month, Alannah Crandall, Manager of International Programs and Events at Global Ties San Francisco, was honored to receive the 2024 Network Innovation Award for Outstanding Group Collaboration for the Global Moment in Time: Reflections on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (GMiT: DEIA) 2023 segment at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting.

In February, an IVLP project for Africa brought 13 enthusiastic participants from across Africa to San Francisco to take part in discussions and strategy-development regarding journalistic best practices in today’s increasingly complex information environment.

Jensen Zack is one of our spring 2024 International Visitors Programming Interns at Global Ties San Francisco.

From January 24 to 27, 2024, we enthusiastically welcomed to San Francisco our first U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegation of the year. This project on Cybersecurity Capacity Building brought together six distinguished guests from Montenegro to explore avenues for strengthening cybersecurity and resilience through local engagements with public and private sector leaders in the field.

People-to-people exchanges bring the world closer together. In 2023, Global Ties San Francisco reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to fostering global connections.

We are proud to showcase the results of our 2023 exchange program activities made possible with the support of our community and partners.