July 17, 2014 is the next
American Summer Experience!

- 2014  IVC & Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program and Tianjin, China share U.S.-China Sister Cities Award for Youth Programming 

- 2013  IVC named by Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia a "Dare to Understand Community Organization Partner"

- 2012 Temple University Global Philadelphia Award  

- 2011 Independence Charter School's Global Citizen Award

- 2009 Preservation Alliance's Community Action Award (for our work on the Chinatown Friendship Gate)

- 2005 Consular Corps Global Leadership Award

2004 Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission

Did you know that the network of 95 IVC's across the U.S. was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for its work with
the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program @StateIVLP.



You can check out other international activities in the region in our 'corner'

Douala, Cameroon

In April, Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development, in collaboration with the African and Caribbean Business Council, is organizing a trade mission to Gabon and Cameroon.  The delegation will be traveling to Philadelphia's Sister City, Douala.  Please click on the links below for more details.


· Link to the event profile : http://www.newpa.com/event-calendar/trade-mission-gabon-and-cameroon

· Link to the flyer / agreement: http://www.newpa.com/webfm_send/2880

In 1986, Douala and Philadelphia became Sister Cities.  Douala is the largest port in West Africa and the unofficial economic capital of the Cameroon.  With 1,448,300 people, it is the largest city in the country and has a richly diverse population that represents more than 130 ethnic groups.  Douala was actually named after a 17th century tribe that settled in the coastal area of Cameroon.  Located on an estuary of the River Wouri, the city is a delightful mosaic of colorful markets, historic churches and museums.  An equatorial forest on Douala's outskirts serves as a sanctuary for dozens of species of birds.  Since 1986, delegations from each city have met to explore technical assistance programs and initiate cultural exchanges. 

IVC's good friends, Danielle Ngaba and her sister Cynthia, both studying in Philadelphia, have attended many events and receptions over the past few years.  Their mother, father and niece, pictured below, visited and attended the June First Thursday reception.   

Photos of past delegations from Douala are below.

Name Change for 60th Anniversary!
Check here for suggestions we've received
(Last updated 1/17/14)

Follow us on Twitter @IVCPhila for updates on delegations & who they met here.  Check out #IVLP and @StateIVLP for more on the State Department's top exchange program.

Click above for the 2012 Annual Report released April 2013

Citizen diplomacy engages citizens in international relations. Meeting counterparts and experiencing everyday American life provides an authentic & more accurate view of the "real" U.S.

Restaurants participating
in our 
Summer Experience! 
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Capital Grille
-City tap House
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-The Good King Tavern
-Ladder 15
-Ocean Prime
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Seasons 52
-Square 1682
-Stella Rossa
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurants that participated in 2013
-Amuse at Le Meridien
-Asia on the Parkway
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Brauhaus Schmitz
-Bridget Foy's
-Capital Grille
-Chabaa Thai Bistro
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-City Tavern
-D'Angelo's Ristorante
-Davio's Steakhouse
-Fratelli's Italian Bistro
-Jack's Firehouse
-Jane G's
-La Fontana Della Citta
-Luke's Lobster
-Marmont Steakhouse
-Mexican Post (2 certificates)
-Ocean Prime
-Oyster House
-Panorama Ristorante 
-Percy Street Barbecue
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Ristorante La Buca
-Route 6
-Seasons 52
-Spring Mill Cafe
-Square 1682
-Starr Restaurants
-The Swann Lounge
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-XIX (at the Bellevue)