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One person travelled from India to Maryland to observe first-hand how to stop seawater from flooding agricultural areas. Another came from Greece to learn what guidance to give to young entrepreneurs wanting to help refugees. Both were participants in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) finds and coordinates professional development and cultural opportunities for IVLP participants who come to Maryland. We have been doing so since 1989, for approximately 700 people a year. We also curate similar experiences on a fee-for-service basis.
People come to learn about a range of issues – such as energy security, journalism and women’s leadership – from their counterparts. But the program is about more than that. It also focuses on understanding and appreciating new cultures.
– Dana Moore, chief equity officer and director, Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights
September 13: Public Health (6 participants from Turkmenistan)
September 28 - 30: Advancing the Integration of Foreign Unaccompanied Minors (10 participants from Spain)
October 26: Building Influential and Impactful Ethnic Educators (7 participants from Burma)
November 1: Understanding Sustainable Tourism: The Role of Marine Protected Areas in Mitigating Climate Change (10 participants from Jordan)
November 10-18: Community Engagement and Risk Communication to the Public Health Sector (4 participants from Serbia)
November 16: Women and Entrepreneurship: Small Business (23 participants from multiple regions)
November 17-22: Prosecuting Cybercrime and Online Terrorism (6 participants from Algeria)
November 28: Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Management, and Volunteerism (7 participants from Algeria)
December 5: Promoting Climate Resilience, Economic Development, and Good Governance in the Pacific (6 participants from Papua New Guinea, the Soloman Islands, and Vanuatu)
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