CONNECTING the state’s citizens and professional leaders with up-and-coming leaders from around the globe;

BUILDING person to person relationships;

PROMOTING a positive image of the U.S. and understanding of world affairs;

ATTRACTING tourism and business to the Granite State

Over the 2015 fiscal year, the World Affairs Council of NH hosted 436 visitors from more than 80 countries.

As the only Granite State member of Global Ties U.S., the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts up-and-coming leaders from around the globe though a U.S. State Department initiative. The visitors are here to learn from local professionals about specific subject matter and take that knowledge back to their home countries.

Whether it's an animator from Uruguay or a CEO from Madagascar, we create a series of programs based each visitor's individual needs with resources from around the state.
  Visitors also have the opportunity to take part in our home hospitality initiative, thanks to members of the Council - our citizen diplomats - who offer a meal and a conversation in local homes. This program is important in both its social as well as its economic impact: visitors stay in local hotels, shop in local stores, and eat in local restaurants, all while building a positive impression of America.

To offer home hospitality to our visitors or provide a professional resource, contact Program Director Tim Horgan

To become a business sponsor of the International Visitors program, contact Executive Director Anna Berry.


The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is one of more than 90 community organizations around the country that host visitors through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitors Leadership Program- the department's premier professional exchange program.

This program brings approximately 4,000 foreign leaders and specialists to the United States for short-term (approximately thre
e week) professional programs. Participants in the national program, who are leaders and decision-makers in their home countries; travel as individuals or as part of pre-arranged groups.

Some of the groups are fully funded by the U.S. Congress through its appropriation to the U.S. Department of State, while others receive little or no financial support from U.S. government. The national program constitutes a major component of this country's public diplomacy efforts
 to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and other countries.

Through a long-standing public-private sector partnership, the U.S. Government works with national private, nonprofit organizationsand a network of volunteer-based organizations that are members of Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit organization established in 1961. Together, these organizations design and implement quality, experiential programs for distinguished International Visitors. Through its grassroots network, the National program involves over 80,000 volunteers each year as citizen diplomats who develop enduring international linkages.

2016 Sponsors:

Holiday Inn, Concord

Hilton Garden Inn, Manchester

Great Bay Limo

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2500 N. River Road - Manchester - NH - 03106 - (603) 314-7970

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