MERGE Applications Open

The MENA - USA Resilient Girls Exchange (MERGE) will connect young women from the United States and MENA region in a supportive virtual space to learn about mental health, develop emotional resilience skills, and share this knowledge with their communities. Apply now to join this program as a participant or as a facilitator.

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2021 National Meeting

The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting is the premier gathering of organizations, U.S. government agencies, advocates, and leaders in the international exchange field.

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Q&A with Raisa Banfield

Raisa Banfield is an environmental activist, architect, and leading advocate for sustainable urbanization. She received the 2021 Global Ties U.S. IVLP Alumni Decade of Social Innovation and Change Award for her commitment

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Saving our Planet One Virtual Handshake at a Time

By Janice Brummond, Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs During last month’s National Meeting keynote address, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry reiterated the climate

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We foster connections that break down borders, shatter stereotypes, and create a more peaceful, prosperous world.  

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“I am convinced that increased participation by dedicated Americans in international exchanges will help to achieve our common hope for a durable and just peace.”

President John F. Kennedy, 1961 Learn More