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What We Do

We implement professional exchange programs in a wide variety of fields through the following:

IVLP International Visitor Leadership Program

U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Implemented through the Global Ties U.S. Network, of which we are a community-based member. Most of our visitors come to Kalamazoo through this prestigious program.

National Program Agency partners include:

Meridian International Center

Cultural Vistas

Mississippi Consortium for International Development


Institute for International Education

Graduate School USA

CRDF Global

World Learning

Open World Leadership Center

One week home stay professional exchanges, funded through the Library of Congress and implemented through a number of agencies, including CIPUSA.



Colleagues International has implemented social service exchange programs through CIPUSA since its inception in 1971.

Long-term social work exchange (3+ months)

Short-term social service exchange (1 month)

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program IYLEP-Arabic

Youth leadership exchange in the summertime. Implemented through World Learning

U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program - Empowerment Initiative

One year cooperation agreement with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2018), implemented two in-person exchanges, one in the U.S. and one in Russia, as well as virtual training in NGO management best practices.

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