Chichi Okafor, IVLP Gold Star, visited Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Council on International Relations. Chichi attended a luncheon where she gave a presentation about her work in Nigeria with IGNITE promoting education for women and girls. She met with students from the near-by World College and other members of the council.
Kaspars Zalitis, IVLP Gold Star, visited San Diego for a second time as a guest of the San Diego Diplomacy Council. While in San Diego, Kaspars was given a tour of the city and visited Hillcrest, The Center, the beach and the downtown area. Although he has been to the U.S. six times and is a world traveler, he was marveled at his visit this week to Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest and what he observed. Kaspars stated, I’m walking through the grocery store and seeing an obviously gay man stocking goods. And a lesbian couple holding hands, shopping. This you don’t see in Latvia”.
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Photo credit: San Diego Diplomacy Council
Kaspars Zalitis (right), Editor in Chief Ken Williams (left)
Emmanuel Audelo, IVLP Gold Star, had a speaking engagement at the Mexican Consulate, New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council during his second city stop. He also spent time with the Arts Council of New Orleans and The Global Mosaic Project at True Mosaics Studio. Here a few pictures that capture his experience!
Yasmin Roofi, IVLP Gold Star, had a busy last day in her second city stop, Little Rock, Arkansas. Yasmin spoke to two classes in the Political Science Department at the Univeristy of Arkansas about her work in Pakistan. She also had time to visit the Arkansas musuem and enjoy its artwork.
Ha Ngo, IVLP Gold Stare and Vietnamese official and women’s rights advocate, gets a tour of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site by docent Jeff Hendricks. Terri Hempstead, left, chairman of the Springfield Commission on International Visitors, was escorting Ngo on her one-day visit to Springfield.
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Last week IVLP Gold Star Aref Hosseni of Palestine spoke about the impact of his 1st IVLP project during the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting.
Aref’s vision is to continue to develop a new culture of scientific education for providing economic opportunities and advancing the daily lives of Palestinians. Aref expressed his excitement to enhance the work that he is doing in the field of scientific education.
Last week IVLP Gold Star Emmanuel Audelo of Mexico spoke about the impact of his 1st IVLP project during the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting.
Emmanuel is eager to spread awareness of the impact of artistic expression of deteriorated communities. He stated, “When at-risk youth develop this artistic expression their individual development goes hand-in-hand with the impact on their larger community. As their artistic expression transforms them, it recovers and revitalizes public spaces, redefining them as places where people can interact and safely congregate. It is all part of finding innovative ways to utilize the previously deteriorated areas”.
Last week IVLP Gold Star Ha Ngo of Vietnam spoke about her goals for her current IVLP Project during the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting. Her first IVLP project was on Women’s Rights and Prevention of Domestic Violence.
Ha is excited to use her new IVLP experience to start new projects in Vietnam that promote women’s issues and combat domestic violence. She’s excited to enact ideas that focus on rehabilitating the abuser as well as continuing to aid victims.
Last week IVLP Gold Star Yasmin Roofi of Pakistan spoke about the impact of her 1st IVLP project during the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting.
Yasmin remarked, “Even though we teach U.S. foreign policy as a part of our syllabus, this trip gave me direct access to different viewpoints. It gave me the chance to analyze the policy-making process more closely and more comprehensively. It also provided me with an opportunity to look in to the American educational, political, and social system”.