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Citizen Diplomacy International connects the international community and the people of Philadelphia, one person and one new friendship at a time.  We showcase the best of our region through international business, educational and cultural exchanges.  Through personal interactions, we promote mutual respect and understanding.

As citizen diplomats, we believe that personal interactions, from business meetings to shared meals, have an impact on how the United States is viewed around the world. We strive to create a friendly and welcoming environment that encourages open discussion and fosters the mutual understanding that we hope will lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world.


In 2017, Citizen Diplomacy International hosted 1,211 international visitors from 133 countries. Our volunteer Citizen Diplomats shared Philadelphia’s knowledge and best practices throughout the world through 6,500+ hours of volunteer hospitality and professional hosts provide enriching opportunities for global idea-sharing, networking, and professional development.

Explore our 2017 Impact Report!

Philadelphia-Sister Cities Student Exchanges

The need to develop youth as global citizens is critical now more than ever for Philadelphia. Students must gain diplomatic skills to navigate and thrive in a diverse city. Our future workforce and growing immigrant population demands young workers and our city’s residents demonstrate ease amongst diversity, strong communication skills and global perspectives. For a stable and prosperous future, we must invest. They are our future citizen diplomats.

Make a gift today and support a versatile student exchange program where students in Philadelphia are inspired to be global citizens and international thought leaders in their communities. Together we are inspiring business leaders who will grow Philadelphia’s presence in the global marketplace.

Your Gift  Will Support These progam Costs:

$25,000 – Covers half the total costs of one student exchange group of 20 students from Philadelphia
$2,500 – Partial scholarships for a typical school group of 10 students
$1,000 – Bus transportation to get students to the airport, to a museum, or for an experiential learning field trip
$   500 – Food for students during pre- and post-travel workshops (We all know how much teenagers eat!)
$   250 – Museum admission for one class
$   150 – Typical passport costs

Interested, but have questions? Please contact Andrea Silva at 215-683-0989 or andrea.silva@cdiphila.org.

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