International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brings current and emerging foreign leaders to the United States to meet with their professional counterparts. This exchange program is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries throughout the world. PAAC carefully plans and arranges local appointments for visitors who come to Hawai’i, ensuring all their program goals are met. Alumni of the program include distinguished leaders such as Tony Blair, Hamid Karzai, Anwar Sadat, & Indira Gandhi. The program is funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.


Last fiscal year, PAAC hosted 16 programs and connected 107 leaders, representing 34 countries, with their professional counterparts in Hawai`i.


PAAC is always seeking home hospitality and professional resource opportunities for international visitors. If you are interested in hosting or meeting with visitors, or for more information about the program, please call 808-944-7780.


IVLP Voices
“My impression of the U.S. has changed. Especially during the meetings with ordinary people, I can feel their warm welcome.” – International visitor from South Korea


“People of the United States are very concerned with environmental conservation. Mahalo for giving me the opportunity to learn closely the way Hawaii’s people conserve the natural marine environment.” – International visitor from Thailand