IVLP in 2017
Korea: Women’s Leadership & U.S. Civil Society
January 14 – 19
Four delegates explored the promotion of economic, political, and media participation for women. Highlights of their program included a meeting with Boston’s City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George, Mayor’s Youth Council, and volunteering on MLK Jr. Day.
IVLP in 2016
Regional: Managing Start-Up Incubators for Growth
A group of Indian and Pakistani entrepreneurs applied their knowledge to grow start-up efforts in emerging economies and promote women’s empowerment as a an economic development strategy.
El Salvador: Supporting At-Risk Youth
A variety of educators and non-profit leaders arrived to examine ways to prevent the spread of gang violence through school and community-based programs. Their program included meetings with BPD and other critical community partners.
Romania: U.S. Judicial System
Ten attorneys and judges joined us to learn best practices to manage efficient courts and to identify, resolve, and prosecute financial crime.
Nepal: Higher Education
November 26-December 1
Four delegates, including professors and an official from the Nepalese Ministry of Education, learned to effectively manage a university from some of the world’s best institutions. Their focus included finding methods to increase business partnerships and volunteer engagement.
Pakistan: Community Problem-Solving and Conflict Resolution
An exciting mix of tribal elders, government officials, lawyers, and more will visited at the end of November. Their topic explored the cultural preservation and indigenous rights, as well as grassroots advocacy and the positive impacts of racial and ethnic diversity.
Regional: Grassroots Politics in Elections
Ten delegates from Central and South America landed in Boston to observe the variety of citizen grassroots groups that interact with elected officials to address diverse interests at all levels of government. They met with journalists at WBUR, as well as with faculty at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
Serbia: U.S. Elections
Three members of the National Assembly of Serbia came to develop strategies to explore the role of free elections in helping to promote peace and stability, good governance, and a vibrant democracy. They met with NGOs and government officials across Boston, and will use the presidential election as a case study in their discussions.
Japan: Climate Change and Port Resilience
A member of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism came to Boston on a unique program to learn about the impact of climate change on port cities. He met with several government offices, such as Massport and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.
Russia: Developing Academic Writing Centers
October 29-November 2
Eight delegates came to Boston to examine the American model of academic writing centers, including their role, function, and impact, at an institutional level. They met with top-level researchers and professors from universities around the city.
Albania: Disabilities Rights Advocacy
October 27-November 2
A group of nine public officials explored how the U.S. government collaborates with civil society to develop effective policies and laws to better protect the rights of people with disabilities. They met with organizations both in the private and public sector that work to improve the lives of disabled persons.
Liberia: Elections Preparations
Nineteen delegates were in Boston to discuss how multiple issues and campaigns can be handled with one election. Their meetings included visits to local and state government, as well as with nonprofits focused on civic engagement.
Ghana: The Use of Social Media In Political Campaigns
A delegation of twelve government officials came to examine the role of social media in public advocacy, civic engagement, and effective campaigning. They met with media outlets, including WGBH, as well as with public officials and nonprofits.
Russia: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities
Four educators from one of Moscow’s most prestigious public schools came to explore methods of utilizing innovative technology to facilitate inclusive learning for students with physical disabilities. They met with faculty from universities and K-12 schools in and around Boston.
Regional: Rule of Law and Judicial Reform
Nineteen delegates from the Near East and North Africa landed in Boston to examine the judiciary’s role in preserving and strengthening government accountability, transparency, and individual civil rights. They met with members of the Commonwealth’s courts system, as well as with faculty at Harvard Law School.
India: Understanding Transgender Issues
A delegation of eight transgender rights activists came to develop strategies to help promote tolerance and acceptance for the transgender community. They collaborated with LGBT advocacy groups around Boston and Cambridge, as well as healthcare organizations, social justice art groups, and the Cambridge Police Department.
Egypt: Innovation, STEM Education, and Entrepreneurship
A group of ten representatives explored the Maker Movement in the U.S., which encourages creativity and collaboration through the intersection of STEM and entrepreneurship. They met with innovative technology hubs at the Fab Foundation, South End Technology Center, and Lesley University.
France: Women in Sports
Three delegates, including a three-time world boxing champion, arrived to examine the ins and outs of sports policy. Their studies focused on the promotion and implementation of sports facilities that are more inclusive and empowering for women and girls, people with disabilities, and those living in under served areas.
China: Noncommunicable Disease
A number of health researchers and commissioners arrived to learn from both public and private partners about managing diseases ranging from diabetes to Down Syndrome. They met with Boston Public Health Commission, Tufts Medical Center, and more.
Israel: Women in STEM
We welcomed nine teachers to Boston as they explore methods to engage female students in science, technology, art, and mathematics. Our delegates ranged from upper-level officials of the Israeli Ministry of Education to Physics teachers.
A group of 10 Vietnamese business leaders arrived for in-depth study of the mechanics of venture capitalism. Their site visits included the innovative coworking company Workbar and the MassChallenge startup accelerator.
Colombia: STEM K-12
Five educators joined us to learn about building curricula and public-private partnerships through meetings with organizations like Boston STEM Network and the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering.
Egypt: Higher Education
August 28-September 1
Five professors from Egypt examined the U.S. system of higher education and explore topics such as distance learning policies and online education development. They also toured many of Boston’s universities, and meet with Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
Multi-Regional: Government Accountability
Nineteen delegates from as many countries landed in Boston to discuss our transparent and accountable institutions that are responsive to the needs of citizens. They met with MIT’s GOV/LAB and Harvard University’s Transparency Policy Project.
Uzbekistan: Legal Education
Five lawyers from Uzbekistan arrived in Boston to learn about the U.S. Public Defenders system, as well as the relationship between prosecutors and defense attorneys. They also hoped to share teaching experiences and curriculum with law professors, and to build relationships between Uzbek and American law schools.
Regional: Advancing Youth Engagement and Leadership
A group of eighteen representatives from all over Europe came to study youth engagement and leadership as a means of developing a civically engaged society. They met with many nonprofit organizations including City Year and More than Words, as well as the Public Conversations Project.
Afghanistan: Promoting Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping
A delegation of four women came to examine the current and historical roles women have played in peace processes, and meet with organizations that promote gender equality and human rights. They met with members of Boston’s government, academic leaders, and nonprofits.
Regional: Countering Violent Extremism in Youth
Ten representatives from various African nations came to Boston in order to understand the underlying conditions which foster violent extremism in youth, and government and community-based efforts to combat them. They met with the Boston branch of the FBI to discuss terrorism prevention, and will visit the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center.
United Kingdom: Youth and Volunteerism
Ten professionals and community leaders visited Boston to learn about the promotion of volunteerism and social action in the U.S. They met with organizations focused on promoting volunteering in disadvantaged schools and social responsibility, and participate in volunteering activities in Boston.
Regional: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Five Israeli and five Palestinian teachers explored the development of the English language in the United States and the best practices for teaching it. They met with representatives from the Office of English Language Learners for the Boston Public Schools, and a nonprofit which works with teenagers who are newly immigrated to Boston, among others.
United Kingdom: Veteran Recovery and Disaster Relief
One visitor visited Boston to see firsthand U.S. efforts to treat and empower veterans at the government and nonprofit levels. He met with various government and nonprofit resources based in Boston.
Multi-Regional: The Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women’s Issues
Twenty-six women from all over the world gathered in Boston to focus on strategies for empowering women in society and combating gender-based violence. They met with NGOs and government agencies focused on the promotion of women socially, economically, and politically.
United Kingdom: The U.S. Legislative Process
A delegation of eight members of Parliament came to Boston to gain insight into current domestic and foreign policy goals and to better understand the U.S. political system as well as initiatives for economic development. They met several faculty members from Harvard University specializing in politics and governance, and members of the state, local, and national government.
Regional: The Social Media Generation
A group of twelve representatives from North Africa and the Near East discussed the transition of traditional media to online forums, free speech on social media, and how it can be used to promote nonprofits and government agencies. They engaged with Google Boston, Boston University’s Emerging Media Studies and Communications Research departments, and the Boston channel of NPR.
Multi-Regional: Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community
Eight leaders of the LGBT community from around the world are coming to Boston to discuss social, cultural, and legal approaches to ensure equal human and civil rights for the LGBT community. Meetings are being arranged with MassEquality, Dignity Boston, and the Attorney General’s office.
May 31-June 4
Seventeen officials, professionals, and experts in many fields from all over the world came to Boston to better understand gender equality and responses to discrimination, women in state and local politics, and developing leadership skills for women and girls. They met with lawyers, government policy officials, and nonprofits focused on women’s economic independence and empowerment.
Russia: Fostering an Inclusive Maker Movement Community and Promoting STEM Education
May 31-June 4
A delegation of six engineers and scientists from Russia came to the United States to explore national and state programs and policies that support the Maker Movement and STEM education in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They met with entrepreneurs, teachers, and private foundations to further explore the Maker Movement and STEM education in the United States.
Russia: Burn Treatment and Prevention
Six doctors from Russia came to Boston to learn about pediatric care for burn victims and research and long-term care for burn patients, especially psychological services. They met with Boston hospitals and physicians specializing in pediatric and burn care, such as Shriner’s Hospital, to best understand this topic.
Kazakhstan: U.S. Think Tanks and Foreign Policy
A group of four visitors from Kazakhstan, including two in academia and two foreign policy experts, came to Boston to examine think tanks: their relationship to the government, their influence on policy makers, how they function, and how they gather information. They met with academic resources – including students – to focus on their objectives as a whole and also the current presidential election.
Colombia: Ethnic Communities Historical Memory
Four professionals from Colombia, including an indigenous people’s rights lawyer, a museum coordinator, and two commission coordinators on displaced people and peace, visited the U.S. to explore how to use history to understand past and present race issues and to promote reconciliation. They met with experts in this topic as well as perform community service and learn about Boston’s immigrant history.
Canada: Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs
A delegation of five business development officers and CEOs from Canada stopped by Boston to gain a better understanding of entrepreneurship in the United States, specifically focusing on current entrepreneurial projects and developments, networking best practices, and business development resources. They interacted with various investment and development companies, government resources to understand U.S. policy, and technology/innovation labs such as MIT.
Multi-Regional: Media Literacy – Promoting Civil Society Through New Media
A group of twenty-two journalists, editors, and other media professionals from around the world visited Boston to learn about digital engagement, online journalism, media and technology innovations, and government transparency. They met with representatives from university media programs, government initiatives, and social justice nonprofits to get a well-rounded perspective of Boston’s media literacy.
April 30 – May 4
Poland: Digital Diplomacy
April 24 – 26
Eight Polish officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came to the United States to learn about the U.S. system of government and political processes, specifically focusing on public diplomacy. Meetings in Boston were arranged with international affairs academic programs and government resources to focus on digital diplomacy and the possibility of U.S.-Polish coordination with strategic coordination.
Germany: Countering Violent Extremism
Ten visitors from Germany came to the United States to learn about American programs to counter violent extremism, including the relationship between federal, state, and local programs. In addition to government programs, the group also learned about how different sectors of American society work together to resist violent extremism including academia, civil society, religious communities, and the private sector.
Indonesia: Sustainable and Livable Cities
April 9 – 13
Three representatives from Indonesia came to Boston to examine environmental, economic, and social factors affecting sustainable urban growth and development, the importance of smart technology, and effective private-public partnerships. They visited with resources in academia, municipal government, urban planning, and waste management to learn about innovative and academic programs in urban planning.
UNESCO: Communications and Information Technology, Freedom of Expression, and Privacy
A representative from UNESCO came to the United States to review freedom of expression and public access to information as well as the balance between the protection of individual privacy rights and national security imperatives. Meetings in Boston were arranged with technology leadership councils, the Division of Cyber Crime at the Attorney General’s Office, as well as other authorities on the subject.
The Republic of Georgia: Creating Opportunities for At-Risk Youth
April 5 – 8
A group of five visitors from Georgia came to Boston to examine partnerships between community organizations and law enforcement in supporting at-risk youth and increasing youth civic engagement. Their meetings provided them with an idea of best practices in promoting diverse, peaceful, and tolerant communities.
China: Internet Governance and Innovation
April 3 – 7
Five professionals in China’s Internet sector, including a government official, a journalist, and industry CEOs visited the U.S. to explore how a free and open Internet is an economic driver and platform for the exchange of ideas. They met with government officials, technology associations, data centers, and academic initiatives to better understand how public and private institutions create and benefit from a free Internet and how the government’s role in regulation.
Russia: U.S. – Russia Cooperation and Understanding Initiative
April 3 – 6
A delegation of five journalists, professors, and lawyers from Russia stopped by Boston to gain a better understanding of the United States, specifically within the fields of international affairs and political science, and also in regards to U.S. culture and values. They interacted with various professors, journalists, economic cooperation companies, and government resources to create a platform for continuing discussion with American counterparts and understand U.S. national policy.
Ten Azorean farmers, cheese producers, wine producers, chefs, and a sommelier from different Azorean islands came to the U.S. to learn about how American food makes its journey from the farmland to the American dinner table by meeting their sector counterparts. Their visit to Boston focused on sustainable, urban farming practices and best practices from producers and restaurants on farm-to-table.
Ten key opinion leaders from Northern Ireland visited the U.S. to explore the functions of state and local governments and their interactions with the federal government. Meetings in Boston were arranged with the Massachusetts Senate and State House of Representatives, Governor’s Office, Boston City Council, and EdwardM. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Marco De Nunzio, Chief of the Italian State Police at the Milan State Police Headquarters, visited Boston to get an overview of U.S. counter-terrorism strategies and practices as part of his larger national program focused on organized crime. His Boston program was designed as a case study of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
Three high-level officials from the Supreme Education Council, Qatar’s Ministry of Education, visited Boston to learn about America’s best teacher training institutions and models. Meetings were arranged with Harvard Graduate School of Education, Shady Hill, Lesley University, the Intercultural Center for Research in Education, and other teacher training experts.
IVLP in 2015
Kazakhstan: Social and Youth Entrepreneurship Development
December 9 – 12
A Kazak delegation is visiting Boston this December to learn more about innovation and ways that young people become involved in social enterprise. This group of visitors is aiming to gain further insight on how American organization and government agencies facilitate the expansion of social and youth entrepreneurship.
Mongolia: Green Building Construction and Design
December 9 – 13
We are currently hosting a group of Mongolian delegates interested in sustainable urban planning and design. These visitors hope to develop a greater understanding of ways in which to promote green buildings and construction strategies to ultimately conserve natural resources.
India: Showcasing America’s Technological Experience
December 3 – 9
A group of six information and communications technology (ICT) professionals, many who are involved to some degree with Prime Minister Modi’s “Digital India Initiative,” are coming to Boston this December. This group is striving to learn about U.S. programs that promote effective governance, improve government services, and incorporate rural society into the digital revolution.
Ukraine: Supporting Veterans
November 25 – 28
We welcomed a group of Ukrainian visitors who came to gain exposure to the range of support services that help reintegrate veterans into the larger society and economy. Visitors were able to furthermore learn about current approaches to the prevention and treatment of PTSD, among civilian first-responders as well as military veterans.
Indonesia: Blue Growth and Protection of Marine Assets
November 12 – 18
A group of Indonesian professionals traveled to Boston this past November in order to learn about methods to best protect marine resources. This delegation’s visit was largely geared towards examining collaboration efforts among multiple stakeholders in promoting conservation of fisheries and protected marine ecosystems.
Regional Project: Entrepreneurship as an Engine of Stability and Prosperity
November 5 – 11
We had the pleasure of hosting a European group of delegates that was interested in learning about how institutions and organizations in the U.S. fosters innovation and creativity in the private sector. The delegates were able to gain greater insight regarding how entrepreneurs can gain a space and excel in the global marketplace.
Ukraine: U.S. Perspectives on Holocaust and Holodomar Studies
October 14 – 17
We welcomed a group of professionals from Ukraine who enhanced their understanding of U.S. approaches and efforts to commemorate and prevent mass atrocities, specifically genocide and the Holocaust.
Colombia: Innovation in Higher Education – Linking U.S. & Colombian Universities
October 12 – 14
We welcomed a group of professionals from Colombia to Boston. Through visits to a variety of universities, they developed a strong understanding of the U.S. higher education system and established partnerships with U.S. institutions.
South Africa: Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention
October 7 – 10
We welcomed a group of professionals from South Africa to Boston! They met with American interventionist groups and networks to explore stable intervention models and contemporary theory on restorative justice, among related topics.
Israel: U.S. National Security Policy Decision-Making
October 3 – 7
We welcomed to Boston a group from Israel comprised of journalists, academics, researchers, and government officials who wish to understand the interconnected aims and processes of U.S. foreign security policy‑making in order to reflect it accurately in their assessments.
Afghanistan: NGO Management & Women’s Empowerment
October 2 – 3
We welcomed to Boston a group of professionals from Afghanistan. They discovered the role of the NGO sector in U.S. society in terms of promoting women’s empowerment and the ways that non-governmental organizations are effectively managed, both financially and administratively.
Regional Project: Safeguarding Communities – Promoting Engagement and Countering Extremism
October 1 – 6
We welcomed a group of professionals from various Middle Eastern countries to Boston. They examined government and local empowerment efforts that strengthen communities, promote tolerance, and prevent individuals from engaging in extremist and illegal behavior.
Thailand: Women Empowerment
September 24 – 30
We welcomed a group of professionals from Thailand to Boston. This group focused on women’s increasing presence in higher education, business and government. Additionally, this delegation will learn more about the role of political activism in advancing the cause of women’s empowerment.
Lebanon: Activism & Social Media
September 23 – 26
We welcomed to Boston a group of professionals from Lebanon whose focus was on ways to counter violent extremist propaganda. They examined how Americans use social media platforms for digital engagement, public advocacy and civic involvement.
September 20 ~ 23: Mental Health
A group of professionals from Serbia came to Boston to discover the U.S. approach to mental health policies and procedures. Through visits to hospitals, health centers, and mental health organizations, the visitors examined standards for protection of integrity and the balance between individual rights and the protection of society as a whole.
September 12 ~ 16: Lessons Learned from the Korean-American Experience
Three experts from the Republic of Korea came to Boston with a focus on U.S. policy and perspectives on immigration and the integration of immigrants into American society. They met with local NGOs and state and city agencies to learn about multiculturalism and the importance of diversity and inclusion.
September 2 ~ 6: Social Enterprise
We welcomed a group of professionals from Thailand to Boston who analyzed the rise of social entrepreneurship in the United States, and what makes social ventures sustainable, self-sufficient, and scalable.
August 26 ~ 28: Local Development
We welcomed a group of Chilean professionals to Boston who explored the best practices to transition Frutillar, a Chilean city, into a sustainable community. They were exposed to local development in communities where there is successful collaboration of entrepreneurship, tourism, arts, and sustainability.
August 21 ~ 26: National Security
We hosted a Korean delegation in Boston whose mission was to become familiar with the mechanisms through which U.S. law enforcement agencies work together toward common goals. Furthermore, this group reviewed U.S. federal law enforcement and national security goals in hopes to lay a foundation for future cooperation.
August 20 ~ 26: Education, Employ-ability, and Entrepreneurship
We welcomed a delegation comprised of many Pakistani professionals who are explored how universities and businesses work together in the U.S to give students experience from which they can eventually benefit in the future workforce. These visitors also observed the complex relationship between education and entrepreneurship.
August 14 ~ 19: Social Enterprise
A group of delegates will visit Boston to examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the United States, focusing on what makes these ventures sustainable and self-sufficient. This delegation will also aim to introduce international social entrepreneurs to their American counterparts to discuss social change.
August 12 – 15: HIV/AIDS and Research Programs
Dr. Costin Miltaru, who leads a medical non-governmental organization named ‘Samusocial’ for the homeless, is in Boston. He is exploring upcoming research on treatments for those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, he is meeting with representatives from agencies that help to support and advocate for individuals affected by these diseases, specifically young children and infants.
August 6 ~ 11: Sustainability and Labor Standards
We were pleased to welcome Mr. Eubaldo Mesi Ndong Mbang, a process technician at EG Holding Limited to Boston. Mr. Mbang learned about sustainable practices in the city, such as the use of wind power at the Wind Tech Testing Center. He also met with agencies dedicated to upholding labor standards and health codes and regulations in the Greater Boston area.
August 5 ~ 8: International Security
Mr. Eduardo Rihan-Cypel, a national assembly member of the 8th district of Seine-et-Marne, visited Boston to develop a better understanding of the American policies and perspectives regarding regional conflict and homeland security. He learned more about U.S. counter-terrorism strategies.
July 26 ~ 28: British American Parliamentary Group
A group of British Parliament members returned to Boston as part of their annual immersion program in which they have consistently participated since the 1960s. After shadowing state government officials for several days in Washington, D.C. to learn about foreign policy, they visited Boston to further their learning in U.S. governance and politics.
July 26 ~ 28: Rule of Law and Good Governance
A delegation comprised of professionals from the public sector of Vietnam came to Boston to explore the U.S. legislative processes at all levels as well as the role of government institutions and non-governmental organizations in maintaining the rule of law.
July 15 ~ 19: Policy and Support for the Disabled
We were extremely pleased to have welcomed professionals in social welfare and independent living to Boston. Through visits to organizations that promote equality for disabled individuals by advancing their opportunities and support services, our visitors learned how the U.S. helps to promote independent living for disabled persons.
July 8 ~ 12: Gold Stars Tour IVLP Alumni Connecting the World
Ms. Denise Koninckx Horta, Academic Director of an English Language school in Argentina, visited Boston to develop a better understanding of Teaching English as a Second Language methods and the culture of civic responsibility in the U.S. She also examined the impact the IVLP has on participants, their communities and their home countries.
June 16 ~ 20: Global Economic Cooperation and Revitalization
A multi-regional delegation of twenty-two visitors ended their three-week IVLP program with a visit to Boston, during which they learned about the structure and role of investment banks and large financial institutions in the U.S. economy.
June 10 ~ 16: Coastal and Marine Resource Management in the U.S.
A delegation of seventeen coastal and marine resource professionals came to Boston and Cape Cod to learn about best practices for conservation, preservation, and management of marine resources and national park land along the coast of New England.
May 29 ~ 30: Youth Civic Engagement
A delegation of five visitors from Afghanistan visited Boston for a cultural weekend as part of their national program that is examining the involvement and engagement of youth to be civic leaders.
May 20 ~ 23: Educational Planning
Ms. Candy Lugaz
Ms. Lugaz, a project manager for the Institute of International Educational Planning at UNESCO, visited Boston to learn about public education policy development and the role of key stakeholders in the U.S. education system, including the engagement and inclusion of teachers, parents, school leaders, and the community.
May 14 ~ 16: Entrepreneurship
Seven entrepreneurs and business leaders from Bolivia visited Boston to examine the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in promoting economic growth, with a focus on business incubator and accelerator programs, local government policy development to encourage private enterprise, and public-private collaboration.
May 6 ~ 9: Improving Services for People with Disabilities
United Arab Emirates
A delegation of seven representatives from national and local human services agencies in the United Arab Emirates came to Boston to learn about special education programs at the elementary and secondary level, as well as policy creation and implementation of services for people with disabilities.
May 3 ~ 6: Journalism in the 21st Century
A delegation of four editors and news correspondents from national news agencies in Tajikistan were in Boston to examine best practices for journalism as the field faces a transition from traditional media forms into the digital age. Visits include WGBH, WBUR, the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, and the Boston Herald.
April 28 ~ May 2: Contemporary Trends in Higher Education
A group of 21 delegates from across five continents came to Boston to study how universities maximize the use of technology and assess U.S. education policy, advocacy, and programs.
April 22 ~ 25: Border Security
A delegation of 12 professionals from the public and private sectors came to Boston to discuss combating extremist activities, examine domestic law enforcement efforts, and discuss efforts to cut off terrorist-financing.
April 21 ~ 25: Urban Planning
Six urban planning professionals from the private and public sectors of Iraq came to Boston to examine urban planning and management, historic landmark preservation, and public administration practices.
April 18 ~ 23: Women Innovations in Science and Engineering (WISE)
A delegation of female professors and professionals in STEM fields came to Boston to review the advancement of U.S. women in scientific research and to network with professional counterparts at scientific universities and agencies.
April 9 ~ 15: Media and Justice
An investigative reporter and editor-in-chief of a French news magazine and newspaper came to Boston to understand the criminal justice process and examine news reporting in high profile cases.
April 9 ~ 14: Caribbean Education of the Exceptional Child
A delegation of teachers, principals, and education officers from various Caribbean countries were in Boston to learn about practices utilized in the United States to tailor special education toward those that need it most. Planned visits included MIT, Perkins School for the Blind, and Massachusetts Department of Education.
March 29 ~ 31: International Trade
A group of government officials and editors sought to examine U.S. international trade policy—including the role that international trade plays in U.S. foreign policy and the impact of existing trade relationships on the United States.
March 17 ~ 21: Countering Violent Extremism
A delegation from Azerbaijan came to Boston to meet with scholars, non-profits, and professionals to discuss tactics for countering violent extremism in at-risk youth populations.
March 6 ~ 8: English Language
This group of English teachers from around the world sought a comprehensive introduction to the social, political, economic, and cultural diversity in the United States. Their time in Boston was focused on cultural immersion through various events in the city.
March 3 ~ 7: How Women Do Business
A group of female entrepreneurs were here in Boston to meet with leading entrepreneurs for mentorship opportunities and to learn the highs and lows of being a full-time entrepreneur.
February 25 ~ 28: Academic Integrity
A group of officials from various Ukrainian universities met with multiple universities in Boston including Northeastern, UMass Boston, and Suffolk to discuss academic conduct policy in hopes of implementing similar policy in their home country.
February 26 ~ March 3: American Competitiveness
An individual from the European Commission came to Boston to study American competitiveness and data collection. While in Boston, he met with various startup accelerators, MassTech, and multiple university initiatives.
February 24 ~ 26: State and Local Government
A delegation from Israel came to Boston to learn about the structure and function of state and local government. They met with Supreme Court justices and the director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.
February 25 ~ 28: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
A group of executives from various Middle Eastern countries came to Boston to meeting with business professionals and entrepreneurs. While here, they had meetings with representatives from MassChallenge, MIT, and Harvard.
IVLP in 2014
September 5 ~ 6 Project on Smarter Governance
A group of seven governmental experts from Ukraine visited Boston to learn how to make local and national government electronic systems more efficient and more open to the public.
September 3 ~ 5 Combating Trafficking in Persons
A group of six activists from Bahrain arrived in Boston to address cooperative strategies and policies designed to combat human trafficking for both the sex trade and slave labor. They studied U.S. legislation in place as well as advocacy efforts to raise awareness.
August 22 ~ 23 Youth Mentors
A group of four civil society leaders from Algeria traveled to Boston to examine strategies for facilitating youth leadership and engaging at-risk youth through mentorship. Meetings, site visits, and workshops explored best practices in fostering alliances, leadership development, strategic planning, advocacy, harnessing and utilizing social media, public outreach, and engaging volunteer networks.
August 16 ~ 19 Best Practices in Health Journalism
Two investigative Japanese journalists focusing on public health policy came to Boston to learn more about the U.S. healthcare system.
August 6 ~ 9 Public Health Policy in the U.S.
A public health policy specialist from Japan visited Boston to understand the making of public health policy in the U.S., including public policy towards those with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.
July 30 ~ Aug. 2 Community Alliance Building
A group of five trade union leaders from Ukraine visited Boston to learn about the role of organized labor and trade unions in the United States, and how American unions engage with companies, communities, and the government. Visitors met with local union chapters, public officials, business leaders, and community organizers.
July 27 ~ 29 Parliamentary Group ~ Great Britain
A group of 4 Members of Parliament from Great Britain came to Boston to learn about American government and energy security policies. The delegates spent time on Beacon Hill at the State House and met with a range of public officials.
July 23 ~ 26 Youth Employment and Service
A group from the Bahamas traveled to Boston to learn about employment, internship, and community service programs for young adults.
June 22 ~ 25 American Cultural Centers
Two representatives from the Isa Cultural Center, one of the most prominent cultural centers of Bahrain, visited Boston to understand the role of libraries as cultural and community centers through program development and community outreach.
June 15 ~ 19 Sustainable Cities
This group of five visitors traveled to Boston as part of their cultural exchange to explore green building regulations on new and existing buildings, and how they affect the private sector.
June 12 ~ 14 Energy Security
A group of six representatives from Latin America came to the U.S. to examine the current state of energy supplies, production and demand, as well as the challenges in meeting present and future energy needs in the Western Hemisphere.
June 11 ~ 13 Activism Through Social Media
A group of five delegates from Azerbaijan visited Boston to learn how new media and social networking can be used to promote citizens’ rights and responsibilities. They visited places like the Boston Neighborhood Network Television studios and the Emerson College Engagement Game Lab.
June 6 ~ 14 Open World
A group of five Russian leaders participated in the annual Open World program in Boston. Here primarily to examine federalism and representative government, the delegation met with government officials, educators, non-profit directors, and many others to learn about the political environment here in Boston and across the U.S.
May 24 ~ 30 Advancing Entrepreneurship
A group of Egyptian entrepreneurs and business leaders traveled to Boston in late May to explore the city’s growing network of entrepreneurship and innovation incubators, academic programs and small business associations.
May 16 ~ 18 U.S. Judicial Process
This group of visitors traveled to Boston as part of their cultural exchange, to explore one of the most historic cities in the U.S. Their professional program included meetings with judges and police, as well as exposure to the American justice system. They learned about the role of the judiciary at the federal, state and local levels.
May 11 ~ 14 Ho Chi Minh Political Academy
A group of ten visitors from the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Vietnam visited Boston to connect with local counterparts at universities and political organizations to learn about public administration and political education in the U.S.
May 7 ~ 10 Science and Technology
A group of four representatives from the Polytechnic University of Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Education came to the U.S. to study techniques for science education management and curriculum development in preparation for an upcoming transition of the Polytechnic into a fully-accredited national university of science, engineering, and technology.
May 1 ~ 7 U.S. Whale Watching
A group of whale watching operators and curators from Iceland visited Boston to examine the U.S. whale watching industry through both government and private-sector operations. The group learned about how whale watching contributes to the U.S. economy as well as the planning, promotion and education surrounding the industry. Through partnerships with museum curators, program operators and government officials, the group had the opportunity to participate in U.S. whale watching programs and learn about new techniques for lobbying in support of whale conservation, continued research, and education.
April 23 ~ 26 Transparency in Government
Through this program for the Near East and North Africa region, we welcomed a group of professionals from several countries who visited Boston to examine how government transparency and accountability is promoted in the U.S. The group looked at the role of citizens, media, and academia, as well as how grassroots activism has been successful in electing and promoting honesty and transparency.
April 16 ~ 19 Tech Transfer in Higher Education
A group of ten representatives from Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research visited Boston to learn about U.S. efforts to implement Transfer of Technology programs at public engineering schools and research centers. With a focus on start-ups, incubators and research institutes, this group met with local business and technology leaders to examine and identify the successful structures and roles that each institution plays in supporting and expanding higher education and technology.
April 6 ~ 9 Women in Science and Engineering
A diverse group of women from the Near East, North Africa and South and Central Asia came to Boston to examine the advancement of women in U.S. scientific research, their evolving role in scientific innovation and efforts that are being made to support and encourage women to pursue the sciences. The group met with their counterparts from several university programs and organizations around Boston and showcased their own scientific accomplishments.
April 2 ~ 6 STEM Education
A diverse group of educators and education officials traveled to Boston to explore how the U.S. education system supports and engages students in the STEM fields. Through meetings and visits to universities and local education organizations, the group examined U.S. education policy initiatives and partnerships and saw firsthand the efforts that American schools are making to encourage and increase interest among students to participate in STEM programs.
April 2 ~ 4 National Parks Management
A group of Russian National Park superintendents, educators and curators visited Boston and Cape Cod as a part of their program examining how U.S. national parks attract visitors, raise funds and develop public-private partnerships to enhance the programs offered through the National Park Service. The group visited the Cape Cod National Seashore and met with professionals from public and private environmental organizations, in order to highlight the collaborative strategies that are used in the U.S. to make the national parks as successful as possible.
March 24 ~ 28 Health, Labor, and Welfare
Ms. Aiko Abe
Ms. Aiko Abe, Unit Chief in the Counsellor’s Office of Information Policy, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, participated in a five-month fellowship focused on employment and welfare law. Ms. Abe spent time in Boston and Washington, DC, observing law classes at several universities, conducting research, and meeting with experts on employment law to discuss her interest in current U.S. employment policies and practices.
March 20 ~ 24 Public Justice
A group of twelve judicial sector professionals from Afghanistan visited Boston to explore the U.S. justice system and learn about the public nature of the U.S. government. Dedicated to improving and successfully developing the Afghan judicial system, this group met with justice sector experts to examine government transitions surrounding an election, discuss how the U.S. judicial system plays a part in American elections, and explore the role of Islam in America.
IVLP in 2013
August 28 ~ 31 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Mr. Julian Barbiere
A program specialist at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Mr. Barbiere visited Boston and Cape Cod to learn about U.S. policies and best practices in ocean sciences, particularly in the area of Integrated Coastal Management and Marine Spatial Planning. He met with officials at federal and state public institutions, and with private-sector and NGO professionals.
August 27 ~ 31 Women in Management
Eight female business owners and entrepreneurs from Egypt met counterparts in Massachusetts, including leaders who promote entrepreneurship and small/medium enterprise development. The group also explored the growth of internet-driven businesses, as well as NGOs and grassroots organizations that aim to empower women professionally and personally.
August 21 ~ 25 Health Insurance in the U.S.
Mr. Mikiro Suga
Mr. Mikiro Suga, Chief of the Health Insurance Bureau and Employees’ Health Insurance Division at the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, visited Boston to gain a greater understanding of how health care reform is received by the American public. He learned about strategies to promote Medicare/Medicaid, and about insurance exchanges in the United States.
August 21 ~ 23 Accessibility for Rail Transport
Five representatives from the Ethiopian Railways Corporation and disability advocacy groups explored the role of federal, state, and local governments in improving transportation services to the disabled. The group seeks to build a new, accessible light rail system in Ethiopia and explored disability rights in the U.S. (including the Americans with Disabilities Act).
August 17 ~ 22 Multi-ethnic Societies
Eight Burmese visitors who represent diverse ethnic groups and professional organizations explored the vital role that American community leaders play to ensure that tolerance is encouraged, taught, and supported in educational, religious, and civic arenas to create a more inclusive society. Their Boston program also examined methods of conflict resolution and mediation initiatives in multi-ethnic and religiously diverse communities.
August 12 ~ 15 Corporate Social Responsibility
Ms. Caroline Ven
A former economic chief of staff to Belgium’s Prime Minister (2008-11), Ms. Caroline Ven is now managing director of an organization serving some 4,000 corporate decision-makers in Brussels and Flanders. She recently published her second book, A Passionate Plea for Capitalism. Ms. Ven’s professional meetings in Boston covered corporate governance and incentives to promote corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in the U.S.
August 10 ~ 14 International Security
An international security expert and research director at Futuribles, France’s Dr. Wendling shared her perspectives on NATO, the European Union, and cyber-security. She focused on the themes of U.S. defense and security, crisis and risk management, and strategic planning. Dr. Wendling’s program also examined the role of NGOs and research institutions in developing U.S. foreign and domestic policy.
July 31 ~ August 3 Intellectual Property Rights
Seven members of the National Assembly of Vietnam visited Boston to learn about the U.S. political system and better understand the structure and divisions between the U.S. Congress and other branches of government. This included discussions of how the U.S. Congress works at the federal, state, and local levels. The visit also sought to build relationships and promote cooperation between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the U.S. Congress.
July 21 ~ 24 Public Broadcasting in the U.S.
A group of two prominent documentary filmmakers from Chile were in Boston to learn about the role of American public broadcast television and radio in U.S. society and community support for public broadcasting. They also met with professional peers to discuss the production side of independent producers and development of independent programming and content.
July 13 ~ 15 State and Local Governance
A joint group of 20 international visitors from 19 different countries visited Boston to examine academic programs that deal with state and local governance, as well as to learn about the role of the state joint committee on election laws and local governance in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. They met with elected officials from the Massachusetts State Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
July 10 U.S. Governance and Politics
Spain and Andorra
WorldBoston hosted three Members of Parliament from Andorra and Spain (Catalonia) for a one-day program including a meeting with Professor Roland Fryer of Harvard University, recipient of the 2012 Calvo-Armengol International Prize in Economics. Before departing Boston, the visitors also met with representatives of the Industrial Liaison Program at MIT.
July 3 ~ 6 Peace Partners Program (II):
A joint group of nine energy experts visited Boston to experience Independence Day celebrations. The highlight of their visit was a volunteer activity organized on behalf of WorldBoston by our friends at the National Park Service, who joined our intrepid group. Watch a video clip of our boat trip and service project on Bumpkin Island on the WorldBostonHub YouTube channel!
July 2 ~ 6 Peace Partners Program:
A joint group of seven business owners and social entrepreneurs from Israel and the Palestinian Territories joined WorldBoston for the week of Independence Day. They were treated to an outstanding day of appointments with the Babson College Summer Venture Program and enjoyed volunteering with WorldBoston members!
June 27 ~ July 2 Investigative Journalism
Eight journalists from around the world visited the U.S. to attend the annual conference for Investigative Reporters & Editors. The group came to Boston to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy. Meetings took place with Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Watchdog New England, Northeastern University’s Initiative for Investigative Reporting, The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, and WGBH.
June 26 ~ 29 Small Business Development
Regional Project for Africa
A group of business owners and entrepreneurs from a wide range of African countries were with us at the end of June to dive into a program focused on small business and entrepreneurship development. They met with their counterparts here, and learned more about start-ups, small business associations and how these ventures are developed in the U.S. during a three day program.
June 26 ~ 29 Urban Planning in the U.S.
Four urban planners, experts representing academia, the private sector, and municipal government from Azerbaijan, visited Boston to examine urban planning strategies in the U.S. While in Boston, the group learned about: strategic redevelopment efforts (especially the Innovation District as a case study), historical preservation and development, and anti-corruption efforts related to public infrastructure projects.
June 25 ~ 29 Community Policing
Seven professionals from the Palestinian Territories visited Boston to examine law enforcement at the state and local levels and explore community policing programs, the promotion of public trust, and ways to engage citizens in promoting community safety. Through meetings with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Boston Police Department, and other state and City of Boston agencies, the visitors participated in a case study focused on the management of the Boston Marathon events from start to finish.
June 23 ~ 26 Intellectual Property Rights
Ten journalists, publishers, lawyers, and government officials from Vietnam visited Boston to examine Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. Topics included: the status of U.S. legal enforcement of intellectual property rights, application of copyright law to works of literature and art, and the effort to counteract the pirated production and distribution of various forms of literary and artistic works.
June 16 ~ 20 Science Education
A group of STEM educators from Brazil visited Boston to engage with teachers and administrators at local high schools and universities. They met with state STEM experts to learn about how communities in the U.S. are preparing today’s youth for the business world of tomorrow.
June 15 ~ 20 University Administration
Ten higher education experts and university representatives from Afghanistan visited Boston to examine current challenges and trends in university administration and higher education. The visitors met with faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for International Education (CIE), Bunker Hill Community College, the Colleges of the Fenway Consortium, and other Boston-area institutions to discuss accreditation, recruitment, and financial assistance, along with career development services and new technology.
June 15 ~ 19 Women in NGO Leadership
Ms. Beth Shaw of Australia visited Boston to explore the organization and management of large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and examine the role of U.S. civic organizations–particularly those led by women–in promoting the participation of women in civil society. She met with organizations to learn from innovative managers about funding strategies, partnerships with government and corporations, and human resources.
June 9 ~ 12 Women in Technology
Thirteen women from around the world came to Boston to explore the role of women in technology and science from diverse perspectives including academia, governmental and non-governmental policy and research settings, and private industries. Networking opportunities were arranged with WEST (Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology), WomenLEAD Inc., AWIS Massachusetts (Association for Women in Science), and Boston University WISE (Women in Science & Engineering).
June 6 ~ 11 Broadcast Journalism
A group of seven journalists from seven countries visited Boston as part of a national program focusing on Broadcast Journalism. While in Boston, they met with representatives from print, web, TV and digital media outlets to discuss best practices. The group also engaged academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to learn about training programs for journalists and innovative funding models for the future of broadcast journalism.
June 4 ~ 8 U.S. Trade & Investment
A group of four experts in trade and finance visited Boston to participate in a program focused on trade and investment. They met with experts in Islamic Finance, industrial clustering and development, and state offices focused on international trade and investment. The group exchanged with their counterparts at Harvard and Boston University to gain a better understanding of university programs in business and economics as well.
June 1 ~ 5 Protection of Children
Six Russian delegates visited Boston as part of a national program to provide them with an overview of legislative and executive policies at the federal level on international abduction and adoption issues. They also learned about national-level government roles in child protection, including the family court system. The program introduced national and international advocacy networks which work on behalf of children, and educated the visiting delegates about organizations and support networks for Russian adoptees and their adoptive families.
May 25 ~ 29 U.S. Foreign Policy in SE Asia
Three Malaysian NGO, academic, and government representatives visited Boston in order to exchange views on the U.S. government’s “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region. They explored ideas for promoting greater understanding and dialogue between participants and American experts on foreign policy and U.S.-Malaysian relations.
May 26 ~ 28 Administration of Justice
Eleven representatives from Latin America visited Boston during Memorial Day Weekend for cultural activities. This was a key stop in their national program focused on examining the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and the culture of lawfulness in the United States.
May 22 ~ 25 Promoting Public Health
Five representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates hailed from Ministry of Health offices, primary care facilities, and prominent military hospitals and colleges of medicine in the Gulf region. Their dialogue here focused on public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels that aim to protect citizens from preventable communicable diseases and treatable conditions. Meetings were arranged with the Boston University Global Health Initiative, the Boston Public Health Commission, and various university-related programs.
May 8 ~ 12 Cultural Preservation
Five cultural preservation experts from Mongolia met with Boston counterparts to discuss methods of preservation and restoration of cultural and historical artifacts. They shared best practices at leading archaeological institutions such as Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the City of Boston’s Archaeology Program & Lab, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Institute of America.
May 4 ~ 8 American Corners & Library Management
Mr. Andrej Fajgelj is the newly elected director of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, a U.S. Embassy partner institution on cultural programming in Serbia. Mr. Fajgelj visited to expand his knowledge of how U.S. librarians use information technology, and to prepare for an upcoming cultural heritage digitization project.
April 26 ~ 28 Accountability in Gov’t and Business
Five IVLP delegates from Mozambique visited for a weekend of cultural activities in Boston before they headed to Manchester, NH, to complete their professional appointments.
April 23 ~ 25 Hospital Design and Administration
Seven senior representatives of Istanbul University visited Boston to gather ideas as they prepare to build a new modern hospital facility at Turkey’s largest medical school. They met with U.S. experts in hospital design, as well as administrators at local medical schools to discuss potential academic exchanges and partnerships. A key interest was to observe how teaching hospitals and medical schools work together.
April 20 ~ 24 Infrastructure Development
Three rising economic-development officials from Brazil came to Boston to meet with city and state leaders who shared insights on large infrastructure funding approaches, program and engineering management, and strategies for integrating mega-infrastructure projects to foster economic growth.
April 17 ~ 23 Science and Technology Education
Eighteen educators from as many countries came to learn about how school curricula are developed and implemented to improve math and science instruction in Boston and the U.S. The delegates also discussed policy initiatives and public/private partnerships to accelerate student learning in STEM subjects, especially in diverse classrooms.
April 17 ~ 21 Women Entrepreneurs
Thirteen entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean visited Boston to explore the role of women-owned businesses in driving economic development and supporting more stable, democratic societies around the world. This program also highlighted the contributions of nongovernmental and grassroots organizations in supporting and empowering the development of women-owned businesses.
April 17 ~ 20 Sustainable Seafood
Six Russian seafood professionals visited Massachusetts to examine how seafood associations and regulatory agencies here ensure sustainable harvesting and catch monitoring. They visited fisheries and processing enterprises to discuss safety principles and state support of seafood commerce.
April 14 ~ 17 Healthcare Management & Education
Two Norwegian healthcare professionals examined the relationship between American hospitals and the U.S. higher education system. Their discussions at the Harvard Medical School, the Boston University Medical Center, and the Boston University School of Medicine focused on medical Ph.D. programs and how research is funded, including public-private partnerships.
April 10 ~ 13 Corporate Social Responsibility
Republic of Korea
Five visitors from South Korea met with CSR experts at the Boston Consulting Group, Boston Cares, NET Impact Boston, Foley Hoag, and Harvard University. They shared perspectives on the role of cultural values such as volunteerism, transparency in governance, business ethics, citizen rights, and environmentalism.
March 28 ~ 31 Connecting English Teachers
29 English teachers from around the world came to Boston to meet with their counterparts. Classroom visits and meetings with education policy experts were arranged. The goals of this project included enhancing the participants’ understanding of American culture and history, and showcasing the geographical and multicultural diversity of the American English language and its dialects.
March 21 ~ 23 The Role of U.S. Legislators
The legal advisor to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia came to Boston to examine the organization and functions of the Massachusetts General Court. Meetings focused on legislative operations, and discussions with elected officials addressed current issues and interaction with the other branches of government.
March 16 ~ 20 American Language
Three educators from Indonesia came to Boston to discuss the pedagogy of English as a Second Language Education and English language instruction for international students. Topics included curriculum development and incorporating American culture in the classroom. Visits took place at the Boston Language Institute along with classroom observation at a Boston-based school.
March 13 ~ 16 Fostering Innovation
A group of officials representing academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector were in Boston to examine best practices for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. The goals of the program were to examine how U.S. society fosters innovation in the private sector, how entrepreneurs gain entry in the marketplace, how academic and scientific research is successfully converted into the private sector, and how policies and partnerships support innovation.
March 12 ~ 15 U.S. Government & the Media
Deputy Secretary to the President of Taiwan
Mr. Chih-chiang Lo, a high-ranking adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou of the Republic of China (Taiwan) visited Boston to learn about government at the federal, state, and local levels; policy-making and improving government efficiency; channels of communication between the executive and legislative branches; and the relationship between the U.S. government and the media in the United States.
March 12 Promoting Women’s Leadership
A group of 18 visitors from 17 different countries were in Sudbury and Wellesley for a single day of programming with the New England Women’s Leadership Institute and Wellesley College.
March 6 ~ 9 Bilateral Trade & U.S. Foreign Policy
China Mission to the WTO
A Counselor from the China Mission to the World Trade Organization visited Boston for a program that focused on U.S. trade policies and global governance. The goals of this program included exploring how U.S. trade and economic policy is developed and implemented, examining U.S. trade sectors, and discussing varying perspectives of U.S.-China relations.
March 3 ~ 6 Managing Undergraduate Scholarships
Six visitors from Peru’s Ministry of Education came to Boston to learn about best practices in providing undergraduate scholarships to academically gifted students. They discussed the recruitment and selection of gifted students, the award and management of scholarship funds, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
February 18 Combating Human Trafficking
Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, a Gold Star International Visitor Leadership Program Alumna, returned to Boston after gaining international acclaim for her work in countering human trafficking in South Asia–in particular, her innovative Meghalaya Model. She met with a WorldBoston audience to discuss her organization’s efforts to combat human trafficking and provide a safe environment for women and girls in India.
Feb. 13 ~ 16 UN Agencies in Rome
Food Security and Nutrition
Two representatives of the U.S.-Rome Food Security and Nutrition program came to Boston to meet with with faculty at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to deepen their studies of food security and policy implications. They engaged in public-private partnerships and private sector investment, specifically micro-finance and management of credit, including how to make government to government loans and credit more effective.
Feb. 13 ~ 16 Social Media Activism
Seven NGO representatives and activists from Pakistan visited to learn about the ways in which social media has been used successfully in the U.S. by the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs and grassroots activists. Meetings were arranged with the American Islamic Congress and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning to increase outreach and global linkages with international organizations and institutions.
Feb. 7 ~ 11 Social Mobility & Education
Ms. Joanne Foster
Ms. Joanne Foster, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, met with Boston-area experts to discuss policy issues relating to poverty and social mobility. Ms. Foster was ranked one of the “50 Most Influential Liberal Democrats” by the Daily Telegraph in 2012. Meetings took place with the Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and Mass Insight Education to exchange views on education initiatives and effective models for workforce development.
Feb. 2 ~ 6 Primary & Secondary Education
Six education administrators traveled here to learn about best practices for strengthening school systems from teachers, administrators, and education policy professionals working in Massachusetts schools and state agencies.
Jan. 26 ~ 30 Technology Innovation & Research
Nine representatives of the Eastern Amazon Innovation Center network shared best practices with U.S. counterparts in technology transfer. The group included representatives from different educational and research institutions from three states in the lower (eastern) Amazon and work in areas of science and technology. In Boston, they focused on valuation and technology trade in biotech and information/communication technologies.
Jan. 26 ~ 29 American Corners
Five American Corners Coordinators from Chile visited Boston for an inspirational program focused on the American Revolution and U.S. History. The “American Corners” program embodies partnerships between U.S. embassies and host institutions, the goal of which is to further an understanding of U.S. lifestyles, culture, politics, legislation, and current issues. The concept originated in Russia in October 2000 and today there are over 400 American Corners worldwide, 18 of these in Latin America. This program included visits to Bunker Hill Community College, the Cambridge Public Library, and the Black Heritage Trail.
January 18 Greece: From Austerity to Recovery
Christos Alexakis, Ph.D.
Dr. Alexakis, Professor of Economics at Greece’s University of Piraeus and former CEO of Invest in Greece SA, engaged a WorldBoston audience to discuss the choices and solutions his country will face in its path to economic recovery.
IVLP in 2012
Dec. 11 ~ 14 Global Youth Leadership
Five youth leadership specialists from Ukraine visited Boston to examine youth engagement through education, economic opportunity, and civic participation. They met with several community organizations known for model programs that promote youth leadership in the context of schools, colleges, associations and clubs, arts programs, and faith-based initiatives. In particular, they aimed to better understand how social media tools are being used to develop networks for youth communication and engagement.
Dec. 4 ~ 7 100K Strong Initiative, Education
Seven higher education experts from Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela examined how the U.S. education system prepares young people to enter the job market. They sought to expand international student exchange opportunities and to develop institutional collaboration for future exchanges.
Dec. 2 ~ 6 Museum Management
Four Kyrgyz specialists in museum management visited Boston to learn about U.S. government support of museums and the arts. They exchanged best practices for managing and preserving national historic sites with several professionals, including the director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and faculty of Harvard Extension School’s Museum Management Program.
Nov. 27 ~ 29 Investigative Reporting in the U.S.
Four journalists from Kosovo came to Boston to gain a deeper understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the news media in a democracy and the role that the free and professional media play in a democratic society. Their program explored the plurality of news in the U.S. and provided information about journalism education.
Nov. 19 ~ 23 New Media
Six media specialists from China visited Boston with a focus on the rights and responsibilities of the free press in the United States, and discovered how new media impacts and enhances these rights. They met with their counterparts in Boston to explore operational practices and standards of new media and to discuss journalistic practices and ethics with working bloggers, online journalists, and digital media organizations.
Nov. 7 ~ 9 Mr. Atsushi Wakui
Mr. Atsushi Wakui returned to Boston after a successful visit in April. He is researching the way Massachusetts supports the development of the textile industry in a post-industrial context and the role of government in the textile industry in the U.S. and abroad.
Nov. 6 ~ 7 Election Night in Boston
Seven journalists from Jordan spent election day in Boston to witness the culmination of the presidential campaigns on an exchange focused broadly on the U.S. electoral process and the role of media in covering elections.
Oct. 28 ~ Nov. 1 National Elections in the U.S.
Eighteen visitors from East Asia came to historic Boston to experience first-hand the campaign rallies and activities for the closely watched U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic Party candidate Elizabeth Warren. The group also met with professors of politics and government, and visited the iconic John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Last but not least, a cultural day-trip to Salem on October 31 provided the ultimate Halloween experience!
October 25 ~ 30 Accessible Environments for People with Disabilities
Four NGO officials from Belarus visited Boston to examine disability rights in the U.S., including civil rights protections and equal opportunity laws (American Disabilities Act) that improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare for people with physical and mental disabilities. The group also shared information on the role of advocacy campaigns to overcome attitudinal barriers that limit equal opportunity. They gained familiarity with U.S. scientific, technological, and administrative capacity requirements for developing rehabilitation centers.
October 24 ~ 27 Gender-based Violence
Eight NGO leaders from Pakistan met with senior representatives of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, legal services providers, and other experts to explore strategies to combat gender violence and support survivors of domestic abuse. How U.S. entities promote empowerment of women and girls and how they raise awareness of the issues of gender violence among youth and the general public were key topics of the visit.
October 19 Malaysian Ambassador to the U.S.
WorldBoston members joined the Malaysian Investment Development Authority and MATRADE for a free seminar and business luncheon with delegates from Malaysia. The forum featured presentations from high-level guests including His Excellency Datuk Othman Hashim, Malaysia’s Ambassador to the U.S.!
October 17 ~ 20 Higher Education in the U.S.
Eight Uzbek government and academic officials visited Boston to develop professional connections with higher education institutions in the fields of science, technology, and agriculture. They discussed the role of public and private universities, financing for U.S. higher education, best practices for university admissions, and growing opportunities in distance-learning.
October 17 ~ 20 Multicultural Education
Four academics from Macedonia exchanged views on intercultural education and conflict resolution with fellow educators and NGO professionals in Massachusetts, with a focus on training, research, and education policy development.
October 6 ~ 10 Collaboration in Asset Forfeiture
Four delegates from Kazakhstan visited Boston to gain familiarity with U.S. legislation and policies on the forfeiture and sharing of assets. Meetings also focused on the legal basis for international cooperation on locating, tracing, confiscating, and recovering the proceeds of criminal and terrorist assets. The visitors examined the role and work of Interpol, FinCEN, the World Bank, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the FBI in stolen-assets recovery.
October 2 ~ 6 Transformation & Modernization of Education
While in Boston, six secondary education teachers and administrators from Egypt explored: innovative teaching techniques and technologies; STEM education initiatives; the administration of private and public schools; and education methods and school programs that promote multicultural understanding and support different ethnic groups.
October 2 ~ 4 U.S. Political Processes for Civic Leaders
Five Iraqi civic leaders departed Boston following meetings with faculty and experts at Harvard Kennedy School and UMass Boston’s Center for Peace, Democracy & Development to discuss the responsibilities of citizens, civic organizations, and journalists in promoting political accountability and transparency in government. The City of Boston’s Intergovernmental Relations Office addressed the role of public-private partnership in fostering political and civic engagement. The visitors also enjoyed the opening of City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982, a wonderful new exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects’ BSA Space.
September 22 ~ 26 Security in Asia
A group of three professionals in international policy, foreign affairs, and Asia policy studies met Boston counterparts to better understand U.S. foreign policy goals in Asia. They focused specifically on the perceived role of Australia and other regional allies of the U.S. in addressing security issues of common concern.
September 22 ~ 26 English Language Training and Administration
A group of four English Language Training and Administration Professionals learned about techniques for strengthening curriculum development and teaching quality in primary and secondary schools. While in Boston, they specifically looked at curriculum development, teaching and training for English Language Instructors, methods of teacher certification, and the role of state-level governance in the education system.
September 18 ~ 21 Innovation & Education
Four university professors explored the various methods used to build bridges between science, academia and industry. They learned about the tools for collaboration, research and innovation through meetings with organizations such as the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching at Boston University and Boston Science Partnerships.
September 16 ~ 19 Incentives for R & D
Seven Research & Development Professionals visited Boston to learn more about the state government’s support of R & D. They examined local tax policy and fiscal incentives, as well as think tanks and federally funded research centers. They looked at local support for business development, engagement of minorities and youth in entrepreneurship, and the role of NGOs in encouraging entrepreneurship.
September 12 ~ 15 The Internet and Politics
Two political consultants and a member of State Parliament explored one of the hottest trends in this year’s election: the role of the internet in the U.S. political system. They took an inside look at the political races in Massachusetts and the Presidential race, as well as the effect of social media on the election process.
September 8 ~ 12 Higher Education Reform
Three education reformers visited the education hub of Boston for dialogue on the higher education system in the U.S. They examined how international programs, career services and preparations for university are implemented through the examination of such institutions as counseling offices at area secondary schools and universities, and university admissions, financial aid, and student affairs departments.
August 14 ~ 17 Democratic Governance and Foreign Policy in the U.S.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Six senior officials who represent their countries in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe examined the role of citizen participation in the democratic process and the way that voters, community groups, and businesses engage with the government to ensure their voices are heard. The OSCE visitors engaged with organizations such as Generation Citizen, The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, The Harvard Institute of Politics, and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.
August 13 ~ 17 Foreign Policy and International Relations Curricula
Four professors from Turkmenistan’s Institute of International Relations visited Boston to explore curriculum development, research activities, and career services for IR students in the U.S. Meetings with faculty at Northeastern, Tufts, Boston University, UMass Boston, and Harvard focused on teaching methods that promote the study of diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, and an understanding of global development.
July 29 ~ 31 British American Parliamentary Group Project 2012
Six Parliamentarians from the United Kingdom visited Boston as part of the annual British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) exchange between the British Parliament and the U.S. Department of State. Meetings took place at the Massachusetts Governor’s Office and Harvard University with their Congressional counterparts to examine the role of the media in the U.S. political process, and domestic and foreign policy issues.
July 25 ~ 28 Cultural Property Protection
Mr. Jan Hladík
Mr. Jan Hladík, the Chief of the Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section of UNESCO based in Paris, visited Boston to learn about U.S. best practices and policies in the area of cultural property protection. Meetings took place with experts in the field covering topics including cultural property protection law, historical property protection investigation, and museum curation.
July 21 ~ 25 U.S. – Europe Security Issues
Two security experts from France came to Boston to meet with their counterparts and discuss U.S.- European Security Issues. Meetings were arranged with academic experts in the field based at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, the MIT Security Studies Program, and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis. Topics of discussion included military strategy and nuclear issues, along with conflict-resolution management.
July 15 ~ 17 Research Management
Five directors and research associates from Oman visited Boston to establish collaborative links with U.S. research institutions and universities. Meetings included visits to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and to Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies to learn about research management, ethical standards in research, and the creation of new research institutes.
June 24 ~ 28 The Role of the Legislative Branch in a Democracy
Thirteen Members of Parliament from Afghanistan came to Boston to engage with state-level legislators, economic policy experts, and civil society leaders. The delegation’s visits included the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, and a special WorldBoston lunch reception on Women’s Leadership in the Muslim World.
June 27 ~ 30 Environment and Climate Change
Five delegates from Italy came to Boston to explore the role of public-private partnerships in promoting alternative, renewable energy sources. A unique site visit to the world-renowned Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA took place in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
June 14 ~ 20 Special Education Strategies
Near East and North Africa
Eight experts in special education from the Near East and North Africa met with the coordinators of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer 2012 Games. Meetings also took place at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and other public agencies to review legislation, policies, advocacy, and funding for special education programs in the U.S.
June 13 ~ 17 Investigative Journalism
Twenty-three distinguished journalists from around the world attended the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. Conference, taking place in Boston. The event included more than 100 panels, hands-on classes, and special presentations on covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment, and other key beats. In addition, WorldBoston arranged meetings with local media experts, including GlobalPost and Northeastern University’s Initiative for Investigative Reporting.
June 13 ~ 16 Targeting and Risk Management
Nine representatives of the Azerbaijan Customs Committee learned about U.S. Government interagency initiatives to raise awareness on targeting and risk management issues, and implementation concepts for national targeting centers and port environments. A series of meetings and site visits took place with Massport.
June 7 ~ 12 Corruption and Financial Crime
Five delegates from Jamaica visited Boston to learn about collaboration between the various governmental and non-governmental actors that play a role in eradicating corruption. Meetings took place with the Boston Police Department Internal Affairs Unit, the Boston Police Crime Lab, the Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office, and the Public Corruption Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
May 30 ~ June 2 Volunteerism
Eleven delegates from Spain visited Boston to examine the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and how volunteers, particularly young people, are inspired to help foster a culture of service and civic responsibility.
May 23 ~ 28 Investigative Journalism
Eight senior editors and reporters from Syria met with counterparts in Boston to explore accurate investigative reporting. Strategies for gaining access to public records, finding the best stories, and managing investigations were discussed with top experts in the field.
May 17 ~ 23 America’s Multi-ethnic Society
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Three leaders representing different religions of the Inter-Religious Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina met with their Massachusetts counterparts for a beneficial exchange on how to accommodate the demands of a pluralistic and ethnically diverse society.
May 17 ~ 20 Innovation and Economic Growth
Ten state government officials from Bavaria visited Boston to examine public-private business and academic partnerships that support innovation in science and technology, as well as policies that support social entrepreneurship and workforce development.
May 7 ~ 12 Opthalmology Research & Treatment
Sixteen Iranian ophthal-mologists visited Boston to explore leading ophthalmology centers, including the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Genzyme Corporation, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to examine medical policies and best practices in ophthalmic research and procedures.
May 5 ~ 9 Mr. Ciaran Martin
Mr. Ciaran Martin of Scotland serves as Director of Constitutional Policy, UK Cabinet Office. While in Boston, he met with leading scholars and policy analysts to discuss U.S. strategic priorities; national security and the rule of law; and the role of international governance in ensuring economic stability. Mr. Martin was the featured speaker at our GREAT DECISIONS forum on Cybersecurity.
April 30 ~ May 3 Women in Science
Delegates from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria visited organizations and educational institutions that champion the advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Following a day trip to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, they met with the directors of Seeding Labs, Science Club for Girls, and various centers of innovation and learning.
April 26 ~ May 1 Food Safety and Security
Nine delegates from Southeast Asia visited Boston to learn about U.S. agriculture and food production and distribution policies. They met with agencies responsible for food safety and risk assessment, and experts on the U.S. food safety system and the science that supports it.
April 24 ~ 28 Sustainable Technology Markets
Project for Europe
Six delegates from across Europe explored opportunities for U.S.-European joint development of green technologies and green markets. They learned about initiatives to stimulate sustainable economic development through innovation, and observed best practices and cross-sectoral partnerships that are driving the green economy.
April 19 ~ 21 Community Center Outreach
Ten managers from Sao Paolo’s SESC (state’s leading social services institution) met with counterparts to learn about U.S. community center administration, youth outreach programs, diversity inclusion practices, and special needs programs.
April 18 ~ 21 Mr. Stefan Deaconu
Mr. Stefan Deaconu, Senior Advisor to the President of Romania on Legal Issues, met with judges at different court levels, professors of Constitutional Law, and legislators to exchange views on key legal and constitutional issues.
April 8 ~ 11 Community Economic Revitalization
Three Japanese government officials from the Trade and Labor ministries visited Boston to examine the roles, efforts, policy evaluations, and outcomes pursued by local governments, private sector firms, and nonprofit organizations to create jobs and revitalize communities.
April 7 ~ 12 STEM Education
Five Indonesian educators from various universities came to Boston for meetings with school and university administrators and faculty, to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education at all levels in the U.S.
March 28 ~ 31 Social Media and Elections
Five Egyptian journalists and media representatives met with university experts, journalists, and civil engagement organizations to examine the role of reporting, gender equality, and responsive governance in an informed citizenry.
March 21 ~ 24 Student Governance
Five delegates from the Republic of Georgia met with representatives from Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Boston College, and MIT, along with the Massachusetts Department of Education, to learn about the importance of leadership development and Student Governance.
March 18 ~ 21 Food Safety and Security
Two specialists from Japan traveled to the U.S. to learn about the roles of public and private sector agencies in food safety and risk assessment. Meetings were arranged with leading consulting firms, the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Food Safety and Defense.
March 11 ~ 14 Professor Batbaatar Gunchin
Professor Batbaatar Gunchin, Dean of the School of Biomedicine & Health Sciences at the University of Mongolia, visited Boston with a focus on “Global Pandemics & Disaster Preparedness”. Professor Gunchin met with senior medical school faculty, toured the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, and also met with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
March 2 ~ 7 Mr. Titus Poenaru
Mr. Titus Poenaru, a political advisor to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) within the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Romania, visited the Boston Green Academy, observed live polling on Super Tuesday at the Boston Public Library, and attended seminars at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.
March 1 ~ 3 The Challenge for NATO
Ambassador Joao Mira Gomes, Permanent Representative of Portugal to NATO, visited the U.S. to attend the Allied Command Tranformation Conference. While in Boston, he met with policymakers and transatlantic experts, and discussed the future of NATO at a special WorldBoston reception.
Feb. 29 ~ March 3 U.S. Politics and Election 2012
Project for Europe
Eleven politicians, party officials, advisers, and journalists from several European countries observed the U.S. political process in an election year. Just ahead of “Super Tuesday,” they met in Boston with senior staff from the Senate campaign offices of candidates Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Scott Brown, polling experts, and political scientists.
Feb. 28 ~ March 3 Innovation in the Schools
U.S. – Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission
Eight education directors from Russia visited under the auspices of the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. The group met representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Education, educational NGOs, and school administrators in Boston to discuss best practices and promote Russia’s national education initiative, “Our New School.”
Feb. 19 ~ 22 European Young Innovators Forum
The U.S. Department of State and European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) are cosponsoring “Innotour,” a special program bringing 10 entrepreneurs from countries throughout Europe to the United States. In Boston, the group examined the role of academia in advancing innovation, and met founders of start-ups and venture capitalists.
Feb. 15 ~ 19 National Law Student Exchange
Law students from Mexico travelled to the U.S. as part of a unique exchange program to examine the U.S. system of training law students. The delegation toured local law schools and met with lawyers and judges from Boston-based bar associations.
Feb. 11 ~ 15 Mr. Naby Bangoura
Mr. Bangoura, the newly appointed spokesperson for the Guinean presidential office, engaged with media and communications faculty at universities, as well as representatives from public relations and marketing firms.
Feb. 8 ~ 11 Anti-Corruption & Transparency
Five Czech delegates visited Boston to conduct a case study on anti-corruption and government transparency with counterparts. They met with the District Attorney’s office, judges, representatives from the Boston City Council, and journalists.
Jan. 24 ~ 28 Information & Communication Tech.
Four Albanian participants in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) will meet with key officials at local university and public-private partnerships that encourage innovation in computer science and mobile technologies.
Jan. 22 ~ 25 American Libraries
Four senior librarians from Oman will visit a variety of public and private libraries in Greater Boston to examine management and funding issues at the local level.
Jan. 17 ~ 22 U.S. Securities Markets
Ms. Yuka Masuya, Section Chief in the Securities & Exchange Surveillance Commision of Japan’s Financial Services Agency, will meet with Boston-based experts in financial security, investment, and trade to exchange views on regulatory best practices.