Cultural & Professional Exchanges

Our programs foster the sharing of information on U.S. society, values and expertise with interested Haitian audiences through professional, academic and cultural exchange programs. These programs, which are at the heart of the section’s work, seek to promote the free exchange of information and ideas, capacity building, and to increase understanding between the citizens of the United States and Haiti.


Cultural & Professional Exchanges

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. For more information on the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, please click on the following link: https://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/ambassadors-fund-cultural-preservation

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. –For more information on the IVLP program, please click on the following link: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp

The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. American arts professionals including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others– travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. Programs seek to connect with international publics who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with American arts professionals.. For more information on the Arts Programs, please click on the following link: https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/arts-envoy

Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency and Accountability, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women and Gender Issues. It is a four month fellowship program.  For more information on the Community Solutions Program, please click on the following link: https://www.irex.org/program/community-solutions-program-application-information

OneBeat is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. Musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities. More than a performance program, OneBeat balances three principles: dialogue, creation, and social engagement to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world, one unexpected musical piece at a time. For more information on the One Beat Program, please click on the following link: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/onebeat

Sport Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations. Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives. For more information on the Sports Diplomacy program, please click on the following link:  https://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/sports-diplomacy

As part of their efforts to empower women and girls through sports, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ESPN President John Skipper announced today the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. Harnessing the power of mentoring, the Department, in collaboration with espnW, will connect international and American women to build capacity and create sustainable sports opportunities for underserved women and girls worldwide. In the fall of 2012, approximately 20 women, ages 25-40, who have been identified as emerging leaders in sports, will travel to the United States where they will be paired with leading American women who work in a sports-related field. Participants may include women who administer or manage sports programs; manage and/or coach sports teams; work in mid-to-upper management roles for corporations with a sports-related focus; work at non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and specialize in sports journalism and mass communication, sports marketing, and sports medicine. For more information on the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program, please click on the following link: https://eca.state.gov/video/us-department-state-and-espnw-global-sports-mentoring-program

Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries. Participants will engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.  For more information about the Youth Ambassador Program, please click on the following link : https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/youth-ambassadors

Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized Entrepreneur Mentorships, (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. This is a new program for Haiti. For more information about the YLAI Program: https://ylai.state.gov/fellowship/

These programs empower the next generation and establish long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries. Exchange programs focus primarily on secondary schools and promote mutual understanding, leadership development, educational transformation and democratic ideals. For more information on the Youth Program, please click on the following link: https://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/youth-programs