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2022 International Visitor Program: A year in photographs!

DSC_1775-small International Visitors and Home Hosts pose together!

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council is a proud facilitator of two international exchange programs, the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and the Congressional Office of International Leadership's OpenWorld program. We are thrilled to share a snap shot of a year filled with innovation in virtual programming, resiliency while transitioning back to in-person visits, and a whole lot of enthusiasm as we exchange perspectives and cultures with our international community!



Entrepreneurs and business leaders met with Natasha Main the Executive Director of Exponential Impact. Ms. Main shared her professional work to develop tech startups in Colorado Springs and provide them with the needed resources and expertise to succeed.


U.S. European Security Issues, a single country project for Spain

Women Leaders Promoting Peace and Security, a project for Kyrgyzstan 

Women leaders from Kyrgyzstan enjoy a cloudy day in Garden of the Gods park with their home hosts!

In April, we had the pleasure of hosting six delegates from Kyrgyzstan focused on Women Leadership and Promoting Peace & Security. During thier week in Colorado Springs, these visitors stayed with host families to be fully immersed in local culture. Their professional appointments included a meeting with Mayor John Suthers and the Sisters City program, women leaders in government, The Place, Inside Out Youth Services, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Springs Police Department - Human Trafficking and Advocacy Unit and MORE! 


21st Century ChangeMakers: Trend Leaders Promote Social Media Discernment - an interregional project for Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan


Disability Rights – Equal Access for All, a regional project for Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia

Not Too Young To Run: Engaging Youth in the Political Process a multi-regional project for Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Somalia, and Sri Lanka


Disability Rights: Equal Access for All, a project for Kyrgyzstan

Science Technology & Entrepreneurship a multi-regional project for  Angola, Croatia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, and United Arab Emirates


Social Media Influencers and Civic Engagement, a project for Tajikistan


Local Government Management, a project for Hungary 


Community, Libraries, & Youth Engagement Centers, a regional project for Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Palestinian Territories and Saudi Arabia 

Promoting Social Change through the Arts, a multi-regional project for  Bangladesh, Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, Liberia, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda

A group of 13 delegates pose in front of Gregg Deal's mural: Take Back the Power during a Downtown Colorado Springs Art Walk!

Special thanks to the Committee for International Visitors, Home Hospitality Hosts, and Community Resources for helping make this year possible - we truly could not do this without you!

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