Creating international connections.
Cultivating local innovation.
Activating global potential.
January 2020
Expand Your World Today
In This Issue...
  • Quote of the Month
  • Thank You to Our Donors
  • IVLP Alumni Spotlight
  • World Trade Week Scholarships
  • International Opportunities
  • Community Events
  • Upcoming International Visitors
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Quote of the Month:

" Journey Out was one of the most beneficial meetings in our program. It was a short time, but effectively explained the various things that Journey Out does. While we met and talked, we felt a passion for why they did it. Also, what they do gave me new ideas for what I can do in Korea. "
~ Visitor from South Korea on a program about Counseling for DPRK Victims of Human Trafficking
A Special Thank You to Our 2019 Year End Donors!
It's people like you who make our work possible! With your support, we are able to create high-quality, people-to-people exchange programs that address today's most pressing challenges and increase international understanding between Los Angeles and the world.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the supporters who contributed to our 2019 year-end giving campaign:
Garland Allen
Norman Arikawa
Wendy Arnold
Robert Banks
Ginger & John Barnard
Karen Byrnes
Condessa Curley
Lanie Denslow
Michele Franchett
Wendy Gladney
Jim Halloran & Barbara Case
HDL Software LLC
Ann Kerr
Hassan H. Kheradmandan
Laura King & Charles Nagurka
James & Sandra Kohn
Mable Kong
In memory of Marianna Luxenberg
Tom & Mary Malone
Natasha & Todd Mandel
Dr. Amarjit Marwah
Mahdiana & Michael Mosher
Native Tongue Communications
Jim & Zhita Rea
Ed & Linda Rice
John & Nancy Richardson
Margaret Sabbag
Barry Simon
David Stepp
Yael Swerdlow
Henry Von Seyfried
Carol Ann Warren
Sebastian Zacharia
Thank you for believing in the power of Citizen Diplomacy! It is never too late to contribute and help make 2020 the best year yet!
IVLP Alumni Spotlight: Filmmaker Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
While in London last month, IVCLA sponsor Andrea D'Orazio (pictured) and IVCLA President Janet Elliott, had the opportunity to enjoy lunch with IVCLA alumnus Bozorgmehr Sharafedin. Andrea hosted Bozorgmehr for Home Hospitality in January 2014 when he came to Los Angeles as a participant in an International Visitor Leadership Program focused on Film in the U.S.

Originally from Iran but based in London, at the time of his visit to L.A. Sharafedin held the position of Editor at the BBC Persian Newsroom, BBC World Service. In addition to his role as editor, he also directed, produced and reported on some of BBC Persian's documentaries. He is currently an Energy Correspondent at Thomson Reuters and continues to live in London with his wife and baby. IVCLA loves to foster continued connections.
World Trade Week Scholarships Open!
The World Trade Week committee offers scholarships to aspiring students in international trade fields. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal of a career in international trade, as well as college students pursuing international degrees. By fostering international trade education and international business development, the committee hopes to develop a network of international trade professionals willing to provide mentoring to future students interested in international business . Deadline to apply is Friday, March 13, 2020.

International Opportunities
Summer Study Abroad Scholarships
Final deadline February 14th, 2020

Put on your traveling shoes and join CIEE for a  summer study abroad programs. Three types of programs are offered in over 30 destinations: Language & Culture programs in seven different languages, Service & Leadership programs in areas like children’s rights or education, and Global Discovery programs in marine science and global entrepreneurship, to name a few. 

Any high school student is eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on both merit and financial need. The final deadline to apply is  February 14, 2020.

Apply here:

Want to see how your summer could look like? Watch this video.

Please contact Jessie Hill at for further information.
Applications Open for Summer 2020
Youth Leadership Programs
World Learning & The Experiment seek individuals who have demonstrated interest in youth development and experiential learning , and experience working with young people and leading high school summer programs.

World Learning Information: CLICK HERE .
The Experiment Information: CLICK HERE.
Community Events
Volunteers and Translators Needed for ISEF 2020!
ISEF 2020 will be in Anaheim, CA May 10 - 15 2020. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world famous international science and engineering fair for high school students and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Society for Science & the Public is seeking interpreters and general volunteers for Regeneron ISEF 2020. More than 500 volunteers across a spectrum of activities are needed. Volunteer opportunities are available during the week in a range of shifts!
Why Volunteer at Regeneron ISEF?

  • Gain personal satisfaction and inspiration from motivated young scientists and engineers.
  • Support STEM education
  • Earn community service or outreach credit from your business, school, or institution
  • Take a break and give back to a good cause
Exhibitions Focused on Immigration
in the United States
The Lebanese in America | Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies Exhibit

The exhibit highlights the role of Arab-Americans in creating modern America while documenting triggering factors that led to immigration such as pursuits of economic opportunities and better lives.

4800 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Opening Reception
January 19, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Days
January 20, 2020 - January 24, 2020
El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer

Responding to the treatment migrants face in detention, Kiefer carefully arranged and photographed objects seized and discarded by border officials. Moved by the untold stories these objects embody, Kiefer commemorates them in photographs akin to portraits, preserving traces of human journeys cut short. 

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Exhibition Days
October 17, 2019 - March 8, 2020
Upcoming International Visitors
The following are among the arriving guests of the U.S. government whose professional appointments in Los Angeles will be arranged by the
International Visitors Council of Los Angeles.
January 2020
January 28 - February 1: Film as a Medium for Social Change
January 15-17: Morocco Startups and the U.S. Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
January 25-29: Strong Cities, Strong Partnerships
January 30 - February 5: Environmental Protection
Editor: Andrea Martinez
Communications & Events Coordinator
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