Building relationships through international connections
We believe that relationships and community are key components to the development of global citizenship. We create opportunities for friendly exchange through our monthly discussion groups. Our International Visitors Leadership Program allows current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with leaders in Maine's business, educational, and political communities. Our Know Your Neighbor lunch program seeks to create community between Mainers and new Mainers through a shared meal and conversation.
International Visitors Leadership Program
The World Affairs Council of Maine serves as our state’s coordinator for the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), established in 1940 by former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.
Know Your Neighbor Lunch Series
This series invites WACM members and the local community to enjoy a meal at a local ethnic restaurant while also learning about the country or region from which the food originates. This series aims to benefit (1) our membership and local community through the opportunity to enjoy great food while broadening one's understanding of a country or region, and (2) local restaurants through promotion of their business and revenue from the event. We hope these lunch events mark the first of many visits by our membership to some of Maine's best restaurants!