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Open World Visitors

For eight days in late October, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of visitors from Ukraine and Russia who arrived as participants in the U.S. Congressional Open World exchange program. This year’s Open World program focused on young NGO leadership & volunteerism, specifically developing skills in NGO management, youth involvement, local government,...

Upcoming Visitors

  Apr 26 - 30 Six professionals from Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and West Bank will examine innovations by women in science & entrepreneurship. May 5 - 11 Seven visitors from Morocco & Algeria will spend time with us to examine how to galvanize youth for environmental protection. May 11 - 15 Six visitors...

A Night at the Speakeasy

A Night At the Speakeasy   Come join us for a fun evening to benefit a swell cause & meet our visiting young Ukrainian professionals! Games of Chance, Swanky Swill, Savories & Music Dress as a gangster or silent screen star.   Come as a flapper or come as you are!  Password required for entrance. For tickets...

Discussion on Ukraine Today

You're invited to a special event co-hosted by the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council and Pensacola Young Professionals. Come listen as a group of young professionals from Ukraine discuss the current situation in that country.  After an initial presentation, the visitors will be happy to answer your questions. This free event is Wednesday, October 28th...

Visitors Looking at Community Issues

The third International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegation to arrive in Pensacola in September 2015 came from Jordan.  The group of five was in the United States for a project focusing on “Community Approaches to Social Issues.” After arriving in Pensacola, the visitors kicked off their meetings at City Hall where Councilwoman Sherri Myers welcomed...

Looking at Disaster Management

Through the U.S Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), emergency management professionals from the Philippines explored Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Response and Management in Pensacola from September 3rd-9th, 2015. The group began their local professional program at Pensacola City Hall where Councilman Charles Bare welcomed them. Bare gave an overview of the city and...

Professionals Looking at Maritime Piracy & Security

In early September we welcomed five International Visitor Leadership Program professionals from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Timor-Leste to northwest Florida.   The group’s national agenda sought to highlight challenges in combating piracy and to emphasize maritime security operations and inter-agency coordination. On the first day, the group met Patrick Nichols of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola...

Welcoming Law Enforcement Professionals

In early August, the U.S. Department of State sent a group of eight law enforcement officers from across South America to Pensacola as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project highlighting community policing efforts. The group originated from Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela.  Pensacola was their final stop on a...

Mexican Students Visit Pensacola!

From July 20th to August 1st, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed Jovenes en Accion, a group of Mexican youth participating in a U.S. Department of State youth leadership program in conjunction with the Mexican Ministry of Education. The youth came from the Mexican states of Colima, Chihuahua, and Mexico State. As part of...
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