at PO Box 6088, San Antonio, 78209 United States
Internationally building bridges, mending fences one handshake at a time.
The National Council for International Visitors, NCIV, is a nonprofit membership association that has been providing leadership in citizen diplomacy for more than half a century. NCIV's membership includes individuals, program agencies, and more than 90 organizations in communities throughout the United States. NCIV members design and implement professional programs, provide cultural activities, and offer home hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchange programs. With leadership and training provided by NCIV, member organizations are expert at matching the resources of their communities with the needs of international visitors.
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"My views of America made a one hundred eighty degree turn after my first visit under the auspices of [the IVP]...I fell in love with the open-mindedness of America" Ryoki Sugita President and CEO, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc., Japan
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth." Mark Twain Author
"The best defense against nuclear warheads may be a strong, complex, and durable web of relationships between peoples of ... all nations." Gale Warner, Michael Shuman Authors of Citizen Diplomats
The late Prime Minister of England, Margaret Thatcher, was a big supporter of Council for International Visitors: as a young woman, she was one of the International Visitors (IV's) sent to the U.S. This is what she had to say about her experience: "The whole tour was immensely valuable. I saw and felt the vitality and generosity of the American way of life and it has left an indelible impression on my mind. Forevermore, I shall be a true friend of the United States."
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together." Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States
The new SACIV web site will be up by midnight; first time I have created one & it was an experience!
"In an era of bluster and bombs, citizen diplomacy is a builder of bridges." Madeleine Albright U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)
Towards the end of this month we have International Visitors coming from Taiwan; they are with the judicial system.
"International understanding is essential to world peace -- understanding between faiths, between nations, between cultures." Kofi Annan Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2077)