Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 27, 2014


Six exchange alumni who have made significant impacts in their home countries will travel to the United States beginning January 27 to part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Gold Stars initiative.

Gold Star participants have made important contributions in their home countries as a direct result of ideas that originated during – or were inspired by – their first IVLP exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, IVLP allows current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. The Gold Star initiative brings these participants back to share their successes, re-connect with Americans who inspired them, and network as a means to start new initiatives in their home countries.

This year’s Gold Star participants come from Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, and Vietnam. More information on the participants can be found on the Gold Stars Tumblr blog.

The Gold Star participants begin in Washington, D.C., where they will attend the annual Global Ties U.S. National Meeting from January 29-February 1. Global Ties coordinates the meeting for the more than 90 organizations in 45 states that arrange IVLP projects in collaboration with the Department of State. The Gold Star participants then individually visit several cities in the United States, including the city that inspired them to make a difference in their home countries, before coming together in Philadelphia to discuss new ideas and ways to collaborate. Gold Star alumni are encouraged to continue to share their experience once they return home.

For further information, please contact eca-press@state.gov.