Who is coming to Santa Fe? Below find a list of all our upcoming young global leaders. We are always looking for folks who might want to lead a delegation around town, or invite these leaders to your home for a (tax-deductible) meal. Contact Joey for more information.
2019 Accepted Programs
Sustainable Tourism and Development
Number of Visitors: 9
This is a multi-regional project. Countries include: Algeria, Bolivia, Brunei, Chile, Dominica, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, and the West Bank.
Dates in Santa Fe: March 20-26, 2019
Tourism for pleasure, recreation, and education generates sustained economic growth and creates local jobs. Participants will examine strategies and incentives used to promote sustainable tourism, paying particular attention to the infrastructure and economic considerations necessary to support viable tourism. They will explore public-private partnerships and the role of state and local tourism bureaus. Participants will also see examples of sustainable tourism that is socially and environmentally responsible.
Strategic Approaches to Food Security and Nutrition
Number of Visitors: 7
This is a multi-regional project. Countries include: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Serbia.
Dates in Santa Fe: March 29th, 2019
Food insecurity is a global problem, with the number of undernourished rising to over 800 million in 2016. This project will examine U.S. cooperative efforts to meet complex domestic food security challenges through government and community-based action. Participants will explore how a network of faith-based, non-profit, and other private sector organizations work together with local, state, and federal agencies to address food insecurity in the United States. This project will assess innovative grassroots actions that improve rural and urban access to nutritious food and how civil society organizations advocate for policy change. Participants will also learn how the U.S. agricultural sector is responding to challenges posed by climate change and scarce water resources.
Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
Number of Visitors: 13
This is a multi-regional project. Countries Include: Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Bulgaria, China, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Seychelles, Afghanistan, Mauritius and Cyprus.
Dates in Santa Fe: April 6 – 9, 2019.
Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the majority of U.S. drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Moreover, the impact is global. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes estimates a minimum of 190,000 – in most cases avoidable – premature deaths from drugs, the majority attributable to the use of opioids. This project will address efforts by federal, state and local governments in partnership with the private sector, public health and social service providers, and the law enforcement community to identify best practices for addiction prevention, treatment services, and overdose reversal with respect to prescription and illicit opioids. Participants will also explore efforts to combat the flow of illicit narcotics.
Domestic Violence: Mediation, Family Centered Solutions, Victim Protections
Number of Visitors: 6
This is a regional project from Afghanistan
Dates in Santa Fe: April 6-10, 2019
This project will introduce Afghan legal experts and advocates to American gender-based violence mediation experts, legal advocates, and community-based support organizations. Participants will learn how domestic violence cases are addressed in the United States, focusing on formal mediation processes and also exploring outreach programs, victim legal protections, children’s services, and counseling. The project will introduce participants to lawyers, law enforcement officials, professional mediators, community activists and representatives of victim assistance organizations. Participants will see examples of court-connected mediation programs, assess their efficacy, and learn about pre-mediation screening, as well as explore mediator profession training and certification.
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: Research and Investigation
Number of Visitors: 22
This is a multi-regional project. Countries include: Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Czech Republic, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia, Turkey, and Venezuela.
Dates in Santa Fe: April 11-16, 2019
Freedom of expression is one of the fundamental pillars of an open and democratic society and a hallmark of the United States. The project will explore the role that journalists play in U.S. society as they investigate issues, raise awareness, and inform the public about corruption, graft, abuse of power, and other issues that impact government, local communities, business, the environment, health, safety, and society. Participants will explore the values and ethical responsibilities for accurate reporting that underlie journalistic investigations including professional standards, ethics in traditional and social media, balanced and reliable reporting, fact checking, as well as the impact of investigative journalism on U.S. history and current politics and society.
Judicial System: Protecting Women & Children
Number of Visitors: TBD
This is a multi-regional project: Countries will be announced shortly.
Dates in Santa Fe: August 3-8, 2019
Nations that support the ideals of equality and inclusion are inherently more stable, peaceful, and prosperous. Protecting and empowering vulnerable citizens is not only a moral imperative but a practice that promotes social and economic development. This project supports the Department’s strategic goal of enhancing democracy and supporting citizen security. It examines the American legal system and U.S. efforts to protect and strengthen women’s rights and the welfare of children, including within the juvenile justice system. Participants will explore family law and custody issues and examine how NGOs and local, state, and federal government promote women’s access to justice. They will identify areas of concern specifically to women and children such as health care, reproductive rights, gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, access to education, and equal opportunities in employment. Participants will also share perspectives on challenges and successes in their home countries and best practices in advocacy on behalf of women and children.
Past 2019 International Visitor Programs
2018 International Visitor Programs
We welcomed 48 international journalists to Santa Fe for Journalism under Fire, all brought through the STate Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Here is a list of all attending journalists.
Women Leaders Promoting Peace and Security. Seventeen women leaders in politics, civil society, and law enforcement will visit Santa Fe to meet their counterparts in the New Mexico legislature, and NGO organizations here. The focus of the visit will be combating Human Trafficking and domestic violence crimes in the state. Participants will also enjoy home hospitality with local families. Arriving in Santa Fe October 17th.
Combating Trafficking of Conflict Antiquities and Preserving Cultural Heritage. Eleven archaeologists and antiquities managers from the Middle East and North Africa will visit Northern New Mexico to look at preservation of indigenous cultural heritage sites, documentation and archiving of art and cultural traditions, and repatriation of trafficked art and ceremonial items. The program will take participants as far as Taos, Bandelier, and Santa Clara, New Mexico. Visitors will enjoy dinner with local families during their stay. Arriving in Santa Fe October 24th.
Language Preservation for Russia. Eight community leaders, youth mentors, and university professors from indigenous communities across Russia will visit northern New Mexico to consider preservation of and bilingual education in the Navajo language. Participants will be based in Farmington, NM to meet representatives from Navajo high schools, colleges, and tribal government officials during their program. Arriving in Farmington, October 28th.
NGO Management II. In the second rendition of this project, focused on best practices and community impact in the nonprofit center, six participants from the Caribbean, Central Asia, East Asia, and Europe will visit Santa Fe to meet their counterparts. Professional meetings will focus on community impact for NGO organizations providing social services to underserved communities in New Mexico and for those promoting human rights. Participants will also have dinner with a local family. Arriving in Santa Fe September 19th.
Empowering Youth to Strengthen Communities and Prevent Violence. Six representatives from South East Asia will visit Santa Fe to explore ways to facilitate educational, economic, and civic opportunities for at-risk and disadvantaged youth. Visiting local youth service centers, they will focus on organizational approaches to prevent young populations from engaging in anti-social and self-destructive behaviors. During their stay, the participants will have cultural exchanges and meetings with local families. Arriving in Santa Fe August 1.
African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP). Twenty two women business owners and entrepreneurs from Africa will visit Santa Fe to consider opportunities for women business owners in the U.S. They will discuss specific roles of handicraft artisans and agricultural entrepreneurs in local economies and consider the essential role of non-governmental and grassroots organizations in supporting women’s development and empowering women. They will volunteer at Santa Fe folk art market during their stay in Santa Fe. Arriving in Santa Fe July 14
Integrity in Journalism – Thailand. Four journalists will join us here in Santa Fe to explore the role that journalists play in U.S. society as they investigate issues, raise awareness, and inform the public about corruption, graft, abuse of power, and other issues that impact government, local communities, business, the environment, health, safety, and society. They will explore the values and ethics that underlie journalistic investigations and the impact of investigative journalism on U.S. history and current politics and society; and assess the impact of social media, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of reporting within the context of providing factual, accurate and verifiable information. Arriving in Santa Fe July 25.
We Americas Program for Women Entrepreneurs. Eleven women Entrepreneurs from Latin America will visit Santa Fe to examine the roles of government, nonprofits, and the private sector in promoting the development of women owned businesses. Participants will also explore the role of women-owned business and how they impact economic development, democratization and stabilization and will also learn how these business help encourage the growth of the private sector. Arriving in Santa Fe June 18.
Sustainability in the Mining Industry. Four representatives from mining companies and human rights activists from the Democratic Republic of Congo will visit Santa Fe to discuss best practices in environmentally responsible mining operations. also, Visitors will be exposed to effective environmental protection systems and mining extraction laws. They will enjoy home hospitality with local families on the weekend during their visit. Arriving in Santa Fe April 5.
Minority Participation in the Political Process. Twelve participants from South America will visit Santa Fe to explore the roles of education, religion, and culture in a pluralistic society, and examine case studies on the evolution of race relations and discrimination in the United States. They will discuss strategies to engage youth and underserved and excluded populations in U.S society to increase their participation in economic growth, civic activities and political affairs. Arriving in Santa Fe April 12.
Promoting Social Change Through the Arts II. Eleven Artists from all around the world will visit Santa Fe to consider strategies for encouraging community development, conflict management, and youth leadership skills. They will discuss constitutionally guaranteed free expression in the arts and demonstrate the power of artists to shape contemporary values and build civil society. Arriving in Santa Fe April 16
Eco-Tourism for Bolivia. Ten tourism representatives and tour operators from Bolivia will visit Santa Fe to learn how eco-tourism in the U.S. contributes to the conservation of protected habitats, wildlife refuges, and national parks while benefitting local economies and promoting related commerce. also, Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in local activities like rafting and hiking. Arriving in Santa Fe April 14.
Building Regional Resilience to Environmental Challenges. Seven volunteers from South Asia will visit Santa Fe to learn how various stakeholders anticipate and develop contingency plans for natural disaster
occurring, as a result of climate change. Also, they will visit the Taos Earthships and learn about the systems, design evolutions, international projects through the Earthships Academy, including its humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico. Visitors will enjoy home hospitality with local family. Arriving in Santa Fe April 21
Women and Entrepreneurship II. Thirteen women business owners and entrepreneurs from twelve different countries will visit Santa Fe to consider the essential role of non-governmental and grassroots organizations in supporting the development of women-owned businesses. They will meet representatives from WESST,SFBI, and panel of entrepreneurs they serve and discuss societal barriers facing entrepreneurs in New Mexico, especially women. Arriving in Santa Fe April 21.
Towards a More Safe and Secure World: Transnational Crime Issues. Seven police officers from seven different countries will visit Santa Fe to learn about the structure of the U.S criminal justice system, and how its principles are applied to the prosecution of transnational crime. They will discuss supporting future global cooperation against terrorism and other international criminal activities. Visitors will tour Santa Clara pueblo’s Puye cliffs and explore the Santa Fe plaza on the weekend during their visit. Arriving in Santa Fe April 21
Implementation of the Hague Convention Against International Parental Child Abduction for Pakistan. Eight legal experts and judges from Pakistan will visit Santa Fe to meet U.S counterparts will learn how the international law is implemented in the United States and the U.S. judicial process related to international parental child abduction (IPCA) case. Visitors will enjoy home hospitality with local families in Santa Fe. Arriving in Santa Fe March 1.
Improving the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Colombia. Five entrepreneurs from Colombia will visit Santa Fe to discuss about the way to promote and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colombia. They will meet the regional headquarters of WESST and other business mentoring organizations to discuss micro loan opportunities and technical resources. Arriving in Santa Fe March 9
American Language and Multicultural Diversity project. Thirteen TESL (English as a second language) teachers representing thirteen different countries, and nearly every continent, will visit Santa Fe to consider language instruction in the American cultural context. They will discuss educational policy-making at the national, state, and local level and share challenges for language teachers. They will also have dinner with local host families. Arriving in Santa Fe March 22.
Disability, Access to Services, and Accommodation for Russia. Nine program Coordinators and Project Managers from Russia will visit Santa Fe to meet New Mexico government officials and the director of NM school for the Deaf to improve accessibility in the U.S. Visitors will discuss focus on the economic approaches to accessibility and familiarize participants with an incentive-disincentive approach. Arriving in Santa Fe March 23.
Domestic Violence, Women and Children’s Issues for Iraq. Six Iraqi Women, working in the justice system and in NGO organizations, will consider strategies for combatting and prosecuting domestic violence in the U.S. They will have dinner with local host families, and meet with local and tribal police forces, and visit district courts, victim shelters, and advocacy groups. Arriving in Santa Fe January 20, 2018.
Promoting Social Change Through the Arts a Multi-Regional Project. Eighteen artists representing eighteen different countries, and nearly every continent, will visit Santa Fe to engage with the vibrant arts scene here. From looking at youth empowerment through the arts, to state support for arts education, participants will visit many of the city’s most creative spaces. They will also participate in a world affairs trivia night on February 5th, hosted by CIR, and have a home cooked meal with local families. Arriving in Santa Fe February 1, 2018.
Indigenous Groups – Russia. Six leaders from Finno-Ugric communities in the Arctic Region of Russia will visit Santa Fe to learn about preservation of indigenous languages and cultures in the Southwest. They will stay with host families and participate in community events at local schools, visit one or more of the northern Pueblos, and speak with leaders of NGO organizations and championing indigenous rights in New Mexico. Arriving in Santa Fe February 1, 2018.
Tourism and Economic Development for Japan. A single participant from Japan, representing the country’s national tourism ministry, will explore rural tourism initiatives and state support for tourism in Santa Fe and Taos. They will enjoy home hospitality with a local family, as well as visits to state and local tourism departments, ski areas, chambers of commerce, etc. in the region. Arriving in Santa Fe February 3, 2018.
Women and Entrepreneurship for the Palestinian Territories. Seven women business owners, entrepreneurs, and micro-financing experts from the West Bank and other Palestinian regions will visit Santa Fe to meet with women who are leaders of local businesses, and those who are assisting women to become entrepreneurs. They will enjoy home hospitality with local families and explore the Santa Fe plaza on a weekend during their visit. Arriving in Santa Fe February 10, 2018.
Education, Entrepreneurship and Community Development: Engaging the African Diaspora. Eight Leaders in Business and education from West Africa will visit for a weekend to explore Santa Fe and the surrounding region during their project on developing creating sustainable, community-oriented development in small businesses and education systems. This group’s project will primarily be hosted in Albuquerque by our sister council, Global Ties ABQ. Arriving in Santa Fe February 10, 2018.
Combating the Opioid Epidemic in North America: A project for Canada. Five leaders of NGOs and government entities from across Canada will consider responses to the rising epidemic of opioid drug use in the U.S. They will visit rehabilitation centers at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, representatives from the Santa Fe Police, and meet with local students to discuss health education programs. Arriving in Santa Fe February 15, 2018.
NGO Management and Engaging Civil Society for the Middle East and North Africa. Ten leaders of regional NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa will meet with their counterparts from nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe to discuss collaboration among NGOs, donor management & fundraising, strategic planning, and much more! Arriving in Santa Fe February 26, 2018.
Transparency and Accountability in Government for Europe. Fourteen government leaders from Across Europe will visit Santa Fe to consider mechanisms for combating public corruption, publishing transparent and publicly accessible records, and infrastructure for fair elections. Participants will enjoy home hospitality with Santa Feans, as well as compete in a world affairs trivia competition with other IVLP groups in town and young professionals in Santa Fe (hosted by CIR). Arriving in Santa Fe March 6, 2018.
Criminal Prosecution and the U.S. Penal System for the Middle East and North Africa. Ten representatives from criminal justice systems and courts across the Middle East will visit Santa Fe to observe the workings of the U.S. criminal justice system. Visitors will speak with public defenders to consider the merits of mandatory legal representation for defendants, coordination between law enforcement and state/local courts, and systems for prisoner rehabilitation and job training in the prison system. Visitors will also participate in a world affairs trivia night hosted by CIR! Arriving in Santa Fe March 8, 2018.
NGO Management in the United States: A Multi-Regional Project. Twenty leaders of regional NGOs from nearly every continent will meet with their counterparts from nonprofit orgs in Santa Fe to discuss collaboration among NGOs, donor management & fundraising, strategic planning, media outreach, engaging youth in service work, and more. Arriving in Santa Fe March 8 2018.
Public Health: Infectious Diseases: A Multi-Regional Project. Fifteen health experts and doctors from around the world will visit Santa Fe to consider combating Hepatitis C and HIV rates. Participants will visit the New Mexico Department of Health, various health facilities and free infectious disease testing sites in the city, consider harm reduction models related to injection drug-use, and meet with NGO leaders educating the public about the risks of infectious disease. Visitors will enjoy home hospitality with local families in Santa Fe. Arriving in Santa Fe March 31, 2018.
October 11-17: Arts and Community Revitalization (4 Arts managers from Bahrain). In Santa Fe, we will introduce visitors to the unique art traditions of the American southwest through explorations of arts education in schools, the growth of DIY Community Arts Spaces, and state and local government support for the arts. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore artist collectives in the region including fiber arts collectives in Northern New Mexico.
October 11-15: Women and Entrepreneurship (6 Entrepreneurs and artists from Tajikistan). In the course of this program, we will engage Tajik artists and small business owners with business incubators, support groups for entrepreneurs, small business, and artist collective models for marketing and distributing regional handicrafts. Participants will learn about micro-loan opportunities for American entrepreneurs, discuss mentoring opportunities for start-ups, online marketing, and social entrepreneurship models for businesses.
October 19-20: Indigenous Leadership (8 Youth Mentors and Educators from Australia). During this program, participants will have the opportunity to engage with their counterpart youth mentors at the Santa Fe Indian School and the Institute for American Indian Arts, as well as nonprofit organizations including Wings for America and Silver Bullet Productions, and government state government entities including the New Mexico Bureau of Indian affairs. With their colleagues in the U.S., Australian participants will discuss advocacy and education for youth from indigenous communities, as well as issues of sovereignty, tribal governance, and land rights relevant to this region.
October 18-21: Science for Parks; Parks for Science (8 Park Rangers and Protected Area Managers from Peru). During this project, visitors will exclusively visit Durango Colorado and protected areas across Southern Colorado to discuss best practices in National Park management, wildlife protection, and mitigating the effects of human presence in the San Juan National Forest. Although participants will not step foot in Santa Fe, our organization is coordinating the logistics for this project and developing meeting opportunities at Mesa Verde National Park, with the San Juan National Forest Ranger Station, City council and Mayors office in Durango, CO, and more.
October 17-21: Resilient Societies: Job Creation for Youth (6 Youth Mentors, Educators, and Employment Advocates from Morocco). In Santa Fe, participants from Morocco will engage with youth mentoring organizations, secondary schools and business mentoring advocates to consider strategies for employing youth in Northern New Mexico. During this meetings, discussions will address vocational education and training for youth, engagement through the arts, and employment training and fair hiring practices.
June 2-12: Our Council, once again, is delighted to host a group of Ukrainian environmental experts for a homestay program on behalf of the Open World Leadership Center and U.S. Ukraine Foundation. Local host families from within our membership will welcome visitors to our community for a week; we will create connections among leaders of local nonprofits, government entities, and indigenous communities with our visitors to consider mutual interests in environmental protection.
June 4-14: Building a Palestinian National Opera (4 education leaders from the West Bank). CIR is honored to receive four leaders in the arts and eduction from the West Bank to collaborate on capacity building efforts to get the Palestinian National opera team launched in time for Bethlehem’s upcoming year-long position as the 2020 Culture Capital of the Arab World.
June 7: NGO Management in the U.S. (20 Nonprofit directors from around the world). CIR will host 20 visiting nonprofit directors from nearly every continent, to consider NGO management structures, fundraising, and collaboration. In New Mexico, they’ll focus on meeting nonprofit directors from environmental protection organizations , international NGO’s, and arts organizations.
June 17-20: Emerging African Leaders ( 9 Business Leaders from francophone Africa). Santa Fe has the opportunity to host 9 entrepreneurs and business advocates from across French speaking Africa. They will meet with organizations that support entrepreneurship, including State Government entities, local business incubators, and artist collectives.
June 21-24: Cultural Heritage Preservation for Belarus ( 5 Belarusian non-profit directors). CIR is proud to host 5 cultural preservation organization leaders from Belarus to learn about Santa Fe’s unsurpassed historic preservation and cultural heritage. They will also be speaking publically at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture about the history and culture of Belarus (3pm, Friday June 23, free for CIR members).
June 25th: Cultural Heritage Preservation in the U.S. (13 Visitors from a diverse group of nations). CIR has been given the honor of hosting 13 international leaders in Santa Fe. The visitors will meet with individuals involved in the education, promotion and conservation of cultural Heritage. They will also take site visits to several unique cultural heritage sites in several of the 19 Pueblos.
June 28th: Refugee and Migration Integration in Europe ( 14 Visitors from around Europe). CIR will host 14 European visitors who will meet with city officials, Mayor Gonzales, and state legislators to discuss Santa Fe’s Sanctuary City Status, and discuss resettlement and integration in the U.S. and Europe.
July 13-16: African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (5 African Women Business Leaders). Santa Fe will host 5 African Women business leaders from a variety of industries. These leaders will discuss small business development, gender dynamics in local and international economies, and the role of NGO’s in women’s empowerment.
July 19-25: Preventing Looting of Conflict Antiques and Cultural Heritage Preservation (19 International Visitors from the Middle East and North Africa). Santa Fe is proud to host 19 internationals from Arab nations to consider best practices in prevention of the looting and trafficking of cultural antiques. The visitors will share their knowledge surrounding artifact maintenance and tracking with archeologists, historians, and state government entities in and around Santa Fe.
August 5–8: Entrepreneurship for Regional Revitalization (5 Entrepreneurs from Japan). Overlapping with the Global Ties regional summit and Learning Lab, we have the opportunity to host 5 Japanese entrepreneurs, considering rural revitalization and collaborations between business, governments, and nonprofits to encourage creative collaborate development.
August 6-9: U.S. Society, Culture, and Education (4 Visitors from Latin America). Four representatives of American Spaces in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica will participate in a program focusing on American history, society, and English language education. They will visit Santa Fe to learn about and experience U.S. cultural diversity, the role of NGOs, public private partnerships, and volunteerism.
August 17-23: Accountability in Government (8 Prosecutors and Legal Advisors from Jordan). We are pleased to host 8 participants from Jordan who will be engaging elected officials and NGO groups to examine the methods employed by the public sector to prevent corruption, encourage ethical leadership and transparency, and ensure accountability and responsibility to the public.
August 18-23: Tourism and Economic Development (12 Tourism Officials from Saudi Arabia). Santa Fe will host visiting tourism officials from across Saudi Arabia to explore trends in tourism, such as adventure tourism, cultural tourism, food tourism, family tourism, heritage tourism, and eco-tourism; and to discuss strategies for advocacy for the U.S. tourism industry.
August 24–30: Our Planet: Parks and Protected Area Management (7 Park Rangers from across the globe). CIR will create connections among international park rangers and their counterparts at the Santa Fe regional NPS headquarters, regional National Monuments, and other protected areas in the Santa Fe National forest. Discussion will include protecting sensitive eco-systems, and endangered wildlife.
September 21-27: Current U.S. Social, Political, and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders II (12 elected officials and leaders from across Europe). In Santa Fe, we will expose participants to current political, economic, and social issues at the state and local levels. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the pluralistic nature of the United States and regional variations through exposure to all levels of the political system and key social and economic issues, such as education, regional economic challenges, social welfare, environment, energy, health care, immigration and security.