The World, At Your Doorstep...!



"Our work--yours and mine--begins with a basic premise: that the perceptions, opinions, and actions of individual citizens across the globe matter--to their communities, to their nations, and to us. For this reason, American relationships with the world must reach beyond leaders and government officials, to engage directly and seriously with a broad range of women, men, and young people--business leaders and entrepreneurs; social activists and civil society figures; teachers, students; artists, writers, and media professionals. When we engage with these individuals, we quickly realize that there are commonalities that can bring us closer together, even when we hold differing views on specific issues. From Indianapolis to Islamabad, people everywhere share the same aspirations for their families and communities."

Judith McHale
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Remarks to the 2011 NCIV National Meeting
February 17, 2011

The International Council brings a unique “world” audience to the region – global emerging leaders – as the official partner organization for the United States Department of State in the Tampa Bay Region. 

From Albania to Armenia, from Kosovo to Kyrgyzstan, from Ethiopia to the European Union, from China to Costa Rica, from Uganda to Uruguay…The International Council brings the world to the Tampa Bay Region. 

Among the 190,000 official visitors brought to the US under the IVLP since its inception in 1940, more than 200 current and former Heads of State and 1,500 Cabinet-level ministers, and business and opinion leaders have seen first- hand how we in the United States live, work and play. At any given point during the year, approximately 250 IVLP emerging leaders are on projects in the United States. 

At present, one-fourth of the United Nations member states have an IVLP alumnus as head of state or government, among them, past and present:    


President Nicolas Sarkozy, France 

President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil


Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, United Kingdom 


President Felipe Calderon, Mexico 


President Mwai Kibaki, Kenya 


President Abdullah Gul, Turkey 


President Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan 


Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister, United Kingdom 


Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister, India 


Anwar Sadat, former President, Egypt 


Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, United Kingdom 


Oscar Arias, former President, Costa Rica and Nobel Prize Winner 


past participants

Since its founding 11 years ago, The International Council has programmed over 3,000 international visitors from more than 150 countries.In 2010, the International Council programmed 272 visitors from 68 countries in Tampa Bay’s seven counties.


The INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL has been frequently selected by the State Department for high-visibility “Special Interest Projects”, including hosting the first-ever official return visits by "IVLP Gold Star Alumni", "100 Years - 100 Women" celebrating the centennial of International Women's Day in 2011 and, "Women In Public Service".  




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"When you open your homes, when you open your communities, when you open your hearts to visitors from around the world, you give your guests a chance to see America at our best..."


Colin Powell,
Former US Secretary of State