Professional Exchanges

Every year, World Affairs Council provides meaningful exchanges between hundreds of international professionals & students with Kentuckians & Hoosiers.

World Affairs Council is positioned as the hub of ‘citizen diplomacy’ for residents of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. WAC crafts meaningful connections between the world’s emerging leaders and their industry peers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana through engaging meetings, workshops, volunteer activities, and site visits. Beyond professional exchanges, WAC members have the opportunity to host visitors in their homes over dinner or for a 1-2 week long homestay.

WAC is the official community-based member of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

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Over Dinner

WAC members have the unique opportunity to welcome international guests into your home over dinner for a memorable experience.

In Your Workplace

Exchange ideas, best practices, and strengthen your professional network by meeting with international delegations as a professional resource.

As a Host Family

Experience the world by sharing your home and community! Homestays are a manageable 1-2 weeks long and transportation assistance is offered.

Meet our upcoming

Inbound Exchanges

Belgium | Foreign Investment Screening
December 7, 2019-December 11, 2019

Types of  inbound

Exchange Programs

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Youth Leadership Programs foster mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers. During the exchanges, students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and live with American families. Students work independently, or in groups, on community projects that they will implement in their home countries upon returning. Learn more…

Open World is one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era. The program has enabled more than 27,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Host a professional Open World delegate in your home! Learn more…

WAC can partner with public and private institutions to create custom professional exchange opportunities that bring individuals from different parts of the world together to examine global challenges.

Contact us to explore the possibilities!

Want to know more?

Contact our Visitor Program Manager, Laura Duncan at [email protected].