OLLI MEMBERS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME CITIZEN DIPLOMATS

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville have the unique opportunity to reach out, not only to their community but around the world. The following is taken from their current newsletter.

Imagine the possibilities…escorting a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, hosting members of the South African parliament in your home for dinner or maybe sharing stories with a group of Russian visitors over dinner at a local restaurant. Experiences such as these can be yours as a Citizen Diplomat of the International Visitor Corps of Jacksonville (IVCJ).

Each year, some 5,000 visitors, recognized as current or emerging leaders in their countries, are selected by U.S. embassies abroad to come to the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. IVCJ and its volunteer Citizen Diplomats plan and coordinate meetings for our international guests with community leaders, professional counterparts and local government officials. This collaboration showcases mutual respect for different cultures, advocates world peace and promotes community awareness. Visitor highlights include…

• Home hospitality by IVCJ Citizen Diplomats
• Presentations in our schools and universities
• Two-way learning with civic and professional organizations
• Guided area visits

These visits regularly result in lasting relationships with local business people, government officials and community members, while increasing visitors understanding of American democracy, free market economy and cultural values.

If you’re interested or would like further information, go to their web site www.ivcpax.com








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