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During the Pandemic, IVLP Alumna Supports Her Community in Bolivia

When María Alejandra Serrate saw her community in need during the pandemic, she rose to the occasion. We met María when she visited the United States from Bolivia through an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project. In May 2019, María was one of fifteen international visitors from Latin America that traveled around the United States. During their professional tour, these women discussed how to be drivers of social and economic change in their own communities. As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started, we reached out to María. Her organization has been providing humanitarian relief in Bolivia. In this Q&A, María…

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In This World and Beyond, The #ExchangeEffect is Timeless

Members of Cultural Vistas’ International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) staff joined hundreds of other exchange professionals at the annual Global Ties U.S. National Meeting in January as they explored this year’s event theme: The Exchange Effect: Growing Impact at Home and Abroad. Beginning with a discussion on the prospect of future exchange programs being literally out of this world, the event covered a broad array of topics which ultimately highlighted how the effects of exchanges are not limited by time or place. Below are some of our favorite highlights from the event.

Sea Lion Saved by International Visitors

“The starving four-month-old pup had several wounds and was much too young to care for himself.” This was the sign we saw about Leo, a sea lion who was abandoned in Ocean Shores, Washington. I never imagined he’d come to mean much more to me and the group with whom I was traveling cross-country. But big and bizarre things happen when you’re traveling with 22 young marine professionals. And sometimes that includes adopting a sea lion.

Alumni Happenings: Commentaries on Brexit, Orlando, and Gun Violence; Upcoming Events

What have our alumni been up to? Hoya Saxa! The collaborative and the global nature of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship has made it an excellent fit for 50+ Georgetown alumni, including two in our 2015-16 cohort of fellows. Read more in this alumni feature. Bilal Qureshi (Bosch Fellowship, 2011), shared a thoughtful, nuanced, and very personal perspective in the wake of Orlando featured in the New York Times called “The Muslim Silence on Gay Rights.” Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and an alumna of IntegrationXchange, a U.S. Department of State-funded project we administered in 2008 (then…

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