International Visitor Leadership Program


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. In 2019, PAAC hosted 17 programs, connecting 132 leaders, representing 37 countries, with 56 locally-based organizations.  See pictures of these groups in our Gallery.


This map highlights the 29 countries represented by our international visitor participants in 2017.


Get Involved- Home Hospitality

PAAC is always seeking home hospitality and professional resource opportunities for international visitors. See our current and upcoming projects here. If you are interested in hosting or meeting with visitors, or for more information about the program, please call 808-944-7780. 


Mahalo to the many individuals and organizations who met with IVs in 2019- see a complete list here.


Participant Voices

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