*The International Visitor Leadership Program has been impacted due to COVID-19. In-person International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) projects remain paused through May 2021. PAAC is currently hosting projects virtually.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, bringing emerging foreign leaders to the U.S. to meet with their local professional counterparts. PAAC is one of 89 "Community-Based Member" organizations nationwide implementing the IVLP with the assistance of Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State.
The program is designed to promote collaboration and mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries throughout the world. Leaders are able to share experiences and best practices, while building trust and empathy across nations, one handshake at a time. PAAC coordinates these professional exchanges for the state of Hawaiʻi, showcasing the rich diversity of Hawaiʻi culture and society. Since 1998, PAAC has hosted over 1,500 current and emerging leaders from over 130 countries. See pictures of these groups in our Gallery.
‘Current Issues in Reporting – U.S.-China Relations,’ journalists from Indonesia, March 2021
Nearly 200,000 distinguished individuals have participated in the program since its inception in 1940, including over 500 current and former Chiefs of State and heads of government, including Tony Blair, Felipe Calderon, Indira Gandhi, Hamid Karzai, Anwar Sadat, Nicholas Sarkozy, and Ma Ying-jeou.
“People of the United States are very concerned with environmental conservation. Mahalo for giving me the opportunity to learn closely the way Hawaii’s people conserve the natural marine environment.” – International visitor from Thailand
“My impression of the U.S. has changed. Especially during the meetings with ordinary people, I can feel their warm welcome.” – International visitor from South Korea