International Visitor Leadership Program
Meridian International Center is the largest partner of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a 75 year old U.S. Department of State program that promotes mutual understanding through visits to the U.S., and provides leaders from across the globe the opportunity to share ideas in their fields while building lasting professional relationships. The IVLP annually brings approximately 1800 visitors through our doors.
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Today is Election Day in South Africa, 20 years after the country’s first all-race vote and the 5th national election since the fall of apartheid. Many are part of a generation of “born frees” – citizens born after apartheid that are voting for the first time. On this day, we remember a South African visitor that came through our doors for a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (formerly under the U.S. Information Agency) in 1976. He was a member of the South African Parliament under apartheid and had been serving for seven...Continue