We coordinate unique experiences in and around Philadelphia for these international guests, such as virtual and in-person professional meetings, tours, cultural and social events, and home hospitality.
Relationships Drive Diplomacy
Exchanges typically bring visitors to Philadelphia for 4-10 days and fellowships for 3-4 weeks. As a member of the national Global Ties U.S. network, Citizen Diplomacy International serves as the Philadelphia region’s sole coordinator of the International Visitor Leadership Program and is one of the top member-based organizations to host exchanges.
As a Citizen Diplomat, you can volunteer to host many of these international guests, which allow professional leadership exchange participants to explore issues in the U.S. context, learn more about U.S. society, and understand American values, directly from you! Two-way fellowship programs allow you to be nominated to travel for an exchange to your Fellow’s country.
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Exchanges that Matter
Passionate individuals from around the globe are working to create just and equitable societies where all people can pursue happy lives with dignity, access to education, personal and political freedoms. We host programs that cover a range of topics Philadelphia has expertise in including: entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, social justice, civic activism, medicine, democracy, fair elections, free speech, journalism, sustainability, culture, interfaith, education, and volunteerism.
Our Exchange Programs
Dinner and Homestay Hosting
As a Citizen Diplomat, you are matched with professionals who share your interest in specific languages, countries, or topics such as the environment, politics, culture, and more. Then, you can personalize the experience from there. There is no other way to have fascinating, international professionals and authentic cultural experiences brought right to you. Citizen Diplomacy leads to truly unique experiences that may deepen your understanding of a foreign country, help you grow as a person, and make you new friends overseas. Sign up to host an international visitor!
U.S. Citizen Exchange Programs
The U.S. Department of State offers many programs for American citizens wishing to go abroad for cultural, educational, or professional exchange. Please visit the ECA’s Exchange Program Finder to get the information you need to get started on your journey abroad.
We believe relationships
Change the World
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