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
Mississippi Consortium for International Development
Institute for International Education
Graduate School USA
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, crafting two in-person exchanges, one in the U.S. and one in Russia, as well as ongoing virtual training in NGO management best practices.