The Florida Abilities and Inclusion Council partners with The World Affairs Council of Central Florida (WACCFL) to provide its partners with opportunities for international exposure and learning from international counterparts.
The World Affairs Council of Central Florida a part of the largest national non-partisan network of local councils, known as the World Affairs Councils of America, dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times. As a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote global understanding and cross collaboration, WACCFL is dedicated to connecting citizens of Central Florida to the global community.
The WACCFL is also home to the local branch of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which is administered by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The IVLP works to facilitate short-term visits for current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to the United States to experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
We are the local member of two national organizations, Global Ties U.S., and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).
Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.
Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.
There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world. For those who live in the United States, there are many opportunities to get involved at the community level.
Due to COVID-19, travel from international delegations planned for 2020 has been suspended until further notice.
We hope to welcome no visitors in the Fall. Please visit our schedule or register for announcements if you'd like to participate in future delegation visits.