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"It's Throwback Thursday! A European Security group shakes hands with a military-trained dolphin on the Coronado Naval Base in 2009." Taken from SDDC Facebook page, visit them at: https://www.facebook.com/SD.Diplomacy

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#IVLP participants check out Foxhollow Farm, a female-owned organic farm outside Louisville, Kentucky. This city is also known for its “hot brown” sandwiches and is rumored to be the first place that cheese was put onto a hamburger. If you are feeling like a vacation in May, you might want to come to this city to see one of the most famous horse races in all of America.

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Elected officials exchange ideas, challenges and tokens as Australian Member of Parliament Kelly Vincent meets with U.S. Rep. JIm Langevin about #DisabilityRights as part of her #IVLP.

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Ainash Shagmanova, who works with #AmericanCorners in Astana, Kazakhstan, shares some of the ideals she saw firsthand in America during her recent #IVLP with other American Corners coordinators. American Corners, a U.S. State Department initiative coordinated in collaboration with local organizations, is active in 60 countries around the world. The program provides information to foreign populations about American culture, history, government and current events.

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"Empower!" Fikre Engida said as Alradi Abdalla of #Sudan, who is blind, took the helm of their ship in Eugene, Oregon. This #IVLP group from Africa just finished their trip to Portland where they saw how Americans create a dignified and inclusive world for those with disabilities. Alradi, who is an attorney, beamed from the captian's seat saying he forgot about his disabilities as he sailed down the Columbia River. The group’s next stop is Denver, which unfortunately Alradi cannot sail the group to! (With )

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The women of #AWEP have arrived in Chicago for this year’s #IVLP program! Over the next three weeks, they will visit local businesses, business incubators, schools, and non-governmental organizations across the country. Once they return home, the women connect with AWEP chapters in more than a dozen countries, where they work with AWEP alumnae to mentor women in their communities and share their experiences.
The U.S. government is committed to empowering women and supporting entrepreneurship to spur economic growth around the world.

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Today, #SecKerry honored the 2013 #TIPHeroes who have dedicated their lives to the fight against #humantrafficking. Read more about them here: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/index.htm

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While in Jacksonville, Florida on a journalism #IVLP, Mohamed Asif of the Maldives had the chance to jump in and provide an international perspective. Asif, who is a television reporter back home, was shadowing WJXT-TV as they reported from near Fernandina Beach after Cyclone Andrea. Asif did a live broadcast for the noon broadcast where he assessed the damage and cleanup efforts. Another great example of participants sharing their experience with a local U.S. audience.

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From our friends at WorldChicago: #IVLP participants from Indonesia, Mr. Ferry Rizkyansyah (L) and Mr. Veri Junaidi (R) pose with stray balls they caught at Chicago Whitesox game. Two balls in the first 15 minutes!

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Our first Citizen Diplomat of 2013! #IVLP Gold Star Michael Mabwe of Zimbabwe may not be a true Cincinnatian, but we think he represents our city wonderfully! (Photo and Caption Courtesy of Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council)

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Beneath the backdrop of the Colorado Rockies, and held together by a common goal of inspiring and empowering youth, this group of four #IVLP participants from around the world met with Outward Bound and practiced what they preach—sharing heartfelt stories and making themselves vulnerable during the activity "We're All Connected."

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Our #IVLP group here from East Asia & the Pacific, looking at new trends in American's foreign policy, met with Congresswoman Gabbard of Hawaii during their visit to the United States.

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James Okware of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and a Botswanan colleague listen to a U.S. Park Service Ranger describe the Florida Everglades as they board an airboat during their #IVLP “Wildlife Conservation: Anti-Poaching & Anti-Trafficking Efforts in the U.S.”

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Law enforcement professionals, government officials, attorneys, judges, and academics from 35 countries are currently meeting with their #NYC counterparts to explore how the U.S. responds to a range of international criminal activities. Our New York #IVLP office coordinates an annual security conference in cooperation with the FBI. Here, participants from Hong Kong and Montenegro see how Port Authority officials do their job.

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In this photo #IVLP participant Mario Fernando Leon practically becomes a Hoosier during a NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks. Find out more about The International Center of Indianapolis that hosted him by visiting their website (www.internationalcenter.org).

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Our #IVLP New York Program Branch arranged a "Careers in Government" presentation to 16 juniors and seniors from Brooklyn International High School. The students all come immigrant families and are multilingual. The speakers included the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at City College in New York, Patricia Guy (standing, center) as well as representatives from the FBI and Ellis Island/National Park Service.

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The 85 participants in the Women in Action #IVLP came back together in New York, and now DC, to explore together how to “unleash the power of everyone, not just some,” following visits to 15 separate cities in smaller groups. They had an all-star panel today that included White House and State Department officials, as well as private sector partners from Vital Voices and Running Start. We look forward to seeing great things from them!

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The "Interfaith Dialogue" #ivlp group from #Kazakhstan stopped into an Amish hat shop in Lancaster, PA, following meetings with community leaders.

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Two participants from Pakistan on a “Promoting Social Change through the Arts” #IVLP performing at an open-mic in Washington DC. Mr. Asif Sinan, a contemporary guitarist, performed two pieces, including one he called a “Pakistani blues.” Mr. Ans, a Sufi singer, also performed renditions of folk and classical songs for the packed venue. The event took place at Bloombars, a community arts bistro that runs entirely on donations, volunteer efforts, and the imperative of building a vibrant community on “meaningful human connections."

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Fouad Lilabadi, Secretary General of the American Football Federation in Austria, knew he would be in New Orleans to see the management of the United States’ biggest sports event, the Superbowl, but until he arrived he never expected to see the actual game. Through a meeting on his #IVLP, he was offered a ticket to the event about an hour before it started and ended up in attendance. Special thanks to New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council for providing home hospitality during his stay.

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