IVLP Program

Every year, the CIR and its members host over 300 guests of the U.S. State Department in Santa Fe.  Whether by arranging meetings, participating in panel discussions or providing a home-cooked meal, CIR members consistently put Santa Fe on the map and create a memorable experience for future world leaders around the globe.

Visit our photo gallery to see pictures of our IVLP visitors at sites all across northern New Mexico.

Below see one of our visitors – Matamba from Bolivia – sing a brilliant song for us at a recent program highlighting Social Change through the Arts.


How it Works

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is one of several Community Based Members (CBMs) around the United States.  The International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLPs) are assigned to these councils by programming agencies in Washington, D.C. based on the suitable cultural and professional resources available for the visiting group’s field of interest.  All of the organizations are represented by the office in Washington, Global Ties U.S.

To better understand how citizen diplomacy and the IVLP work to change the world, check out Global Ties U.S.’s Impact Reports from 2012.

For the U.S. State Department’s account of the program, check out their IVLP Page!


Proof That it Works

For more from Mr. Michael Mabwe, IVLP Alumnus, check out a longer speech given at the 2013 NCIV meeting.


Get Involved

Plan a Program…

Currently, the CIR is seeking volunteer program coordinators.  These instrumental individuals schedule meetings, arrange cultural outings and accompany the visitors during their stay in Santa Fe.  Please contact Brent Soloway at brent@sfcir.org for more information on the work of a program coordinator.

Open your home to International Visitors…

Santa Fe is able to boast of numerous citizen diplomats who invite visiting leaders into their homes.  This part of the trip is consistently a very fond memory for both the visitors and the home hospitality providers.  Most often, home hospitality entails dinner and relaxed conversation.  It is especially exciting if a home hospitality host or hostess has traveled in the home-country of the visitors or shares professional experience with the visitors’ area of study, but what the visitors value most of all is the chance to meet with U.S. citizens in a casual setting.  If you are interested in learning about upcoming home hospitality opportunities, please e-mail Brent at brent@sfcir.org.

Be a resource!

State Department objectives for IVLPs range from broad socio-economic study to specific youth empowerment programs.  Generally, the CIR keeps a database of community resources who could potentially be called upon to meet with visitors.  Some categories we have recently called upon women entrepreneurs, museum curators, boy scout troops, shop owners promoting fair-trade, medical professionals and employees of NGOs.

If you own or work in a company or organization that would derive mutual benefit from meeting with other professionals around the globe or if you have connections which could provide an invaluable cultural experience for our guests (e.g., museums, national parks, art markets), please let us know!

Photo Gallery

See our many visitors as they visit cultural sites, businesses, and unique spots in the outdoors, all across northern New Mexico.