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What We Do

Global Ties Arizona offers opportunities for Arizonans to participate in Citizen Diplomacy – One Handshake at a Time – through interactions with International Visitors from virtually every country on Earth.  We offer Professional and Educational Exchange Programs, Events, Exercises in Civil Dialogue, Discussion Groups, Speaker Engagements, Lemonade Socials, Film Screenings, and other efforts that promote Citizen Diplomacy.

International Visitor Leadership Program

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.   About 300 of those visitors come visit Arizona annual through our efforts.

More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.

There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.

For those who live in the United States, there are many opportunities to get involved at the community level.  Contact our office to discuss how you or your company might host visitors in Arizona.

Lemonade Socials

Lemonade Socials offer the opportunity to join our IVLP visitors and staff for mix and mingle time getting to know one another.  It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about one another, and participate in the most basic type of Citizen Diplomacy, one-on-one relationship building through understanding.

We provide the lemonade and snacks, and sometimes, special things happen!

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. In 2019 we will tackle critical issues from immigration the State of the State Department.

The first “Great Decisions” group was launched in Portland, Oregon in 1954.  Participants would read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics before meetings, where they aired their respective views and opinions.  FPA would tally up opinion ballots and report the results to the Department of State.  The program gained media attention, was picked up by local schools, and soon gained national attention. 

The grassroots, face-to-face model adopted by Great Decisions more than 50 years ago continues today, with tens of thousands of participants taking part in discussions nationwide annually.

In 2019, Great Decisions is offered by Global Ties Arizona in 8 week ‘sections’ where participants can elect to join in one or more sessions as desired.

Exercise your voice, and be a part of a Great Decisions conversation.

"What in the World" Weekly Quiz

In partnership with the Tennessee Council on World Affairs, we are pleased to bring you the “What in the World” weekly quiz.  10 questions to test your world-knowledge of current affairs.

Just for fun, but maybe for prizes if we get enough participants and a heated competition going!  

Scholarships

The Global Ties Arizona scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to further the promotion of diplomacy, tolerance and intercultural understanding via educational avenues. Priority will be given to youth representing a minority or disadvantaged group in the community that meet all the qualifications as indicated below.

MEET AMERICA
(1-$500 scholarship towards the program fees)

Meet America prepares international students for the global job market by building their professional profile and making connections within the community in their host city. Students learn how to set themselves apart from the almost 900,000 international students that graduate annually in the U.S. It is a one-week program designed to engage the student in targeted career development activities, tailored to their interests.

Participation in Meet America is competitive. Each program has a maximum of 16 participants.  Individuals selected for this scholarship must also complete the application for the program with Global Ties US and be accepted prior to distribution of funds.  We prefer to distribute directly to service providers where able.

GLOBAL TIES US – NATIONAL CONFERENCE
(1- $1,500 scholarship to cover registration fees, transportation and lodging)

The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting is the premier gathering of organizations, U.S. government agencies, and leaders in the international exchange field. Held each year in Washington, DC, the National Meeting brings together nearly 1,000 participants over four dynamic days to gain high-level insights on trends affecting our field, engage in in-depth professional development opportunities, and build networks to strengthen international exchange with 45+ organizations exhibiting in our meeting hub.

STUDY ABROAD
(1-$2,000 scholarship opportunity to any study abroad program offered by a local high school through a certified program, community college or university.)

Research indicates that Students who Study Abroad are more globally minded, communicate better across cultures, are more open to diversity, and exhibit greater intercultural proficiency. Following is a list of research based data:

• More competitive in the job hunting process (Peacock 2005)*

• Better prepared for a global or multicultural work environment (Mor Barak 2005)*

• Enhance their resumes (Toncar and Cudmore 2000)*

• Personally transformed (Dolby 2007)*

• Qualify for higher salaries and better jobs (IES 2013)*

*Newell Wright and colleagues, “Student Intercultural Proficiency from Study Abroad Programs,” Journal of Marketing Education, August 2009, pp. 173-181.

ELIGIBILITY

Note: Applications from relatives of the directors and officers of Global Ties Arizona, and members of the Board of Directors are not eligible for consideration.

• Be currently enrolled at an accredited 2 or 4 year undergraduate university or college, either full-time or part-time, or full-time in an accredited high school in the Phoenix-Metro area (proof of enrollment required)

• Demonstrate an interest in any of the following areas: international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business

• Completed at least 12 credit hours of college work

• Maintained a 3.0 or better GPA (Transcripts must be submitted)

• Priority will be given to youth representing a minority or disadvantaged group in the community that meet all the qualifications as indicated below

• Letters of recommendation (2 professors/instructors).

                  REQUIRED TASK for the Global Ties National Conference and Study Abroad Scholarships:

• Provide a brief introduction of yourself and your interest in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business, and explain how this scholarship will assist you in furthering your career goals. Statement should be specific to scholarship type selected and demonstrate economic need (1-2 paragraphs or 150 to 200 words)

• Submit a 1,500 – 2,000 word research essay on the following subject: How can citizen diplomacy lessen conflict among nations?

MLA Format

Data driven and documented (Use 3-4 reliable sources. I.e.: government sites, peer reviewed journals, etc)

Electronically submitted in MS Word, no pdf forms accepted (all submissions must be via email by time and date indicated)

Email to: wendy@globaltiesarizona.org

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Awards will be based on:

Timely submission of all required documents:

College Transcripts

Enrollment verification

Application

Essay

Letters of Recommendation

• Quality of the assigned essay and without regard to race, creed, color, or religion. Priority will be given to youth representing a minority or disadvantaged group in the community that meet all the qualifications as indicated

• Essays may be published in the Global Ties Arizona’s website if they are of publishable quality

REQUIRED ELIGIBILITY AND TASK FOR THE MEET AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP:

          ELIGIBILITY:

• Be currently enrolled at an accredited 2 or 4 year undergraduate university or college, either full-time or part-time, in the Phoenix-Metro area (proof of enrollment required)

• Demonstrate an interest in any of the following areas: international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business

• Completed at least 50 credit hours of college work

• Maintained a 3.0 or better GPA (Transcripts must be submitted)

• F-1 Visa Student

• Letters of recommendation (2 professors)

         NOTES:

1. Global Ties Arizona is not responsible for late, lost, spam-filtered, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

2. Global Ties Arizona takes a strong position against plagiarism (the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work). Global Ties Arizona reserves the right to immediately disqualify any entry suspected of containing plagiarized material.

3. All essays submitted to Global Ties Arizona shall become the sole and exclusive property of Global Ties Arizona and Global Ties Arizona shall have no obligation to preserve, return, or otherwise make these materials available to the applicant or any other. Submission of an essay will be construed as the applicant granting Global Ties Arizona permission to use, reproduce, edit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish or otherwise make use of essays submitted in any and all media for any purpose.

4. Global Ties Arizona reserves the right to reject any essay without assigning any reason thereof. Any decision taken to this effect shall be final and binding and not subject to any dispute or challenge.

5. Global Ties Arizona shall be entitled to use, in any manner, the name, photographs and other personal details (exclusive of street address, email address and phone number) for publicity purposes. By submitting an essay all applicants are deemed to have consented to the use of this information by Global Ties Arizona in all media and agree to cooperate with Global Ties Arizona in developing publicity and promotional materials.

6. Submission of an essay shall be construed as an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions stipulated herein. Any breach or default by applicant of any of the Terms and Conditions herein shall result in immediate disqualification without notice.

TASK:

• Provide a brief introduction of yourself and your interest in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business (1-2 paragraphs or 100-150 words)

• Submit a 500 word essay on: My Perceived Value Added of the Meet America Program and My Future Career Goals

• MLA Format

• Electronically submitted in MS Word, no pdf forms accepted (all submissions must be via email by time and date indicated)

• Email to: wendy@globaltiesarizona.org

ENTRY PERIOD:

Application, essay, transcripts, current enrollment verification, and letters of recommendation must be received no later than 1 October 2019 5:00 pm

NOTIFICATION:

Winner(s) will be notified by 15 October 2019 and scholarship (s) will be awarded at the Global Ties Arizona annual Diplomacy Begins Here Summit on October 24, 2019.  Awardee will attend this event at no charge.  Parents and friends of awardee may attend at member price.

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